How to view Firefox history

Updated: 03/10/2024 by Computer Hope
Internet browsers

Most web page data is cached locally on your computer as you browse the Internet. This process helps sites load faster and reduces the amount of data transferred over your connection when you revisit them. Furthermore, this saved data can make it easier to locate a site again if you forgot to bookmark it during your previous session.

For help viewing or revisiting any of the pages you've already been to in Mozilla Firefox, read the following sections. Or, choose your preferred method from the list below.

The history sidebar in Firefox is a small pop-out menu displayed on the left side of the browser window. It allows users to explore their history chronologically. To quickly bring up the history sidebar in Firefox, use the Ctrl+H keys at the same time.

History sidebar in Firefox.


You can click the right-facing arrows next to any date to expand its contents.


Press the Alt key to show the menu bar, then choose ViewSidebarHistory from the drop-down menus.

Viewing browsing history in the Firefox sidebar

Library method

To quickly bring up the history library, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+H.

History library in Firefox.


  1. In the upper-right area of the browser window, click View history, saved bookmarks, and more icon.

Viewing your browsing history in Firefox

  1. In the pop-up menu, click the History selector.

History selector in Firefox.

  1. The expanded menu lists your recent history. You may also click the Manage history selector to open the history library.

Recent history in Firefox.

Alt menu method

Press the Alt key to bring up the Firefox menu bar. Then, choose HistoryShow All History from the drop-down menus. You can right-click any item for further detail.

Viewing all Firefox history