Your web browser stores a history of all the sites that you have visited and there may be times you wish to view browsing history on a particular computer.
You could be a concerned parent wanting to check that your son or daughter is not visiting sites that they should not be or maybe you want to see what your spouse has been viewing.
The more common reason to want to learn how to view browsing history is so that you can find a site you visited x number of days ago but forgot to bookmark. I refer to my browser history many times a day for this exact reason. It’s a good way to trace your steps and remember the sites you visited.
Whatever the reason all the common browsers give you an easy way to access the browser history and this tutorial will show you how to view your browser history with just a few clicks.
You may also be interested in our post How to delete browsing history which shows you how to delete the browsing history of the main browsers.
Browser history in Firefox
- Open a new Firefox page.
- To view your history you need to have the menu bar visible so if all you have is an orange bar that says Firefox in the top left corner you need to click it, go to options and then click on menu bar. You should now have a menu bar that says File, Edit, View etc. along the top of the screen.
- Go to the menu bar and select History (the 4th one along) You will see a drop down list which will show you the most recently visited sites.
- If the site you are looking for is not a site you have visited recently then click “Show all history”
- A new window will open that is called Library. On the right hand side you a list of months as well as today, yesterday, last 7 days.
- Double click your selection and a list of sites visited at that time will open. You can then filter through and find the site you are looking for. The list will give you the site name and its address.
- To open the site simply double click with your left mouse button.
View browsing history in Chrome
- Open a new chrome window.
- In the top right hand corner of the screen you will see 3 black lines. Click that icon and then select history from the list. Alternatively you can press CTRL and H together to bring up the history screen.
- The history screen will load all the sites visited in time order. If you wish to search further back go to the bottom of the screen and click the text link that says older. This will load additional sites. Unfortunately chrome does not sort your history by date but if you know part of the sites name you can try typing it in the search history box at the top.
- To open the site once you have found it simply left click it with your mouse.
How to view Browsing history in Internet Explorer
Internet explorer attaches your history to your favourites for some reason so is very easy to access.
- Open a new Internet explorer browser window.
- Open your favourites so that you get your favourites listed down the side of your page (This is usually a star located on the top right of the screen)
- Once your favourite list is open you will see 3 tabs at the top of the list that say “Favourites” “Feeds” and “History”. Click History.
- This will open a list of periods or dates that you can click on. Click on your selected time frame and the sites accessed in that period will open. To access a page simply click the site and it will open in a new window
Browsing history in Safari (IPad)
- Open a safari webpage
- At the top left of the screen click the book icon (The one used to access bookmarks)
- Once your bookmarks list is open look at the bottom of the list and you will see 3 icons (a book, a clock and a pair of glasses)
- Click the clock.
- Your history will now be loaded in order of date. Click to expand a date and it will show you all the sites visited on that day. To open a selected site simply tap the site and it will load in the current window.