There are many reasons for wanting to learn how to delete browsing history on Google chrome, Firefox or internet explorer, probably more reasons than people realise. It’s not only those who have been on “sites” they would rather their spouse didn’t find out about its also useful for many other reasons.
- Releasing some space – Temporary internet files can take up space, every time you visit a website it downloads images, files and anything else it needs to make loading a web page quicker the next time you visit.
- You don’t want a partner or other computer users to see the sites you have visited. This does not mean just adult sites, you could be buying gifts are researching something at work you don’t want others to see.
- Security – Your browsing is tracked by cookies that store every site you have visited. Passwords and logins are also remembered in most browsers and this means sometimes even after you leave the computer someone could come in go to the same site and your account would be logged in.
- General tidying up – It’s just like hovering up the mess to keep everything nice and clean and running at its best.
These are just a few reasons for wanting to learn how to delete browsing history there are many more. This tutorial will show you how to delete browsing history on Google chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer in easy steps with illustrations. The screenshots open in a new tab when clicked.
How to delete browsing history on Google chrome
- Open a new window in Google chrome and go to the spanner icon in the top right corner of the screen. (Screenshot 1)
- Go to Tools and then select clear browsing data (Screenshot 2)
- A new window will open that will allow you to delete data in a number of ranges. You can change the range by using the drop down box. By default the bottom two are not ticked but if you want a full wipe tick these items too. This will delete any saved passwords and data that auto fills when you type the first few letters. (Screenshot 3)
Note: You can quickly access the clear data options by pressing CTRL SHIFT and DEL together.
How to delete browsing history in Firefox
- On the menu bar go to tools and then go down to clear recent history (screenshot 1)
- You will have a new box pop up that will allow you to clear from a range of 1 hour to everything. If you tick all the boxes all active logins, passwords and browsing history will be deleted (Screenshot 2)
Note: You can quickly access the clear browsing data options by pressing CTRL SHIFT and DEL together.
How to delete browsing history in Internet Explorer
- Open internet explorer and click on the cog icon in the top right corner of the screen. Go down to safety and then select Delete browsing history. (Screenshot 1)
- You will get screen with a variety of options which give you a choice of the data you wish to remove. Internet explorer can save the data from your favourite websites (for example your login details for Facebook). If you want maximum security it is recommended you clear everything. Each option is clearly explained next to the checkbox. (Screenshot 2)
Note: You can quickly access the clear browsing history options in Internet explorer by pressing CTRL SHIFT and DEL together.
Deleting a single item from navigation bar (Firefox)
If you don’t want to delete your whole history but just want to delete one visited site from the navigation bar you can do this in Firefox. Start to type the address and when the name of the website you don’t want to appear shows hover over it with your mouse so it is highlighted and then press CTRL and DEL. This will remove the website from the drop down list.
That is How to delete browsing history on Google chrome, Firefox and internet explorer manually but if you want to do it all in one go as you use multiple browsers you want to try something a little more advanced and thorough like CCleaner.