A Guide to Clearing your Browser History in Windows Operating Systems

A Guide to Clearing your Browser History in Windows Operating Systems


This Article is about the various ways to clear your Internet History on various Windows Operating systems for various Browsers.


Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. How to clear the History

Introduction

This article takes you through the various ways to clear your personal browser history for each of the most commons browsers currently in use across the multitude of Windows Operating Systems you might come across.

There are a number of reasons why you would want to regularly clear your browsing history. I'll go over some reasons below, but ultimately it's your choice.

  • Clearing your history wipes the slate clean.
  • Anyone can look at your computer’s browsing history, if they have access to your computer.
  • If the computer is stolen, a complete stranger will be able to see what you have been doing and use the saved site information to get onto your private sites using your information.
  • Hackers and viruses also target this information.
  • Some companies will use this information to tailor advertising specific to your interests.


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How to clear the History



Windows Vista

For Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

How to Clear Your Internet Explorer History

  1. When deleting your browsing history in Internet Explorer a useful keyboard shortcut is Ctrl-Shift-Delete.
  2. This brings up a dialog box that lets you specify what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of.
  3. Just check the boxes next to the categories you want to remove
  4. Click Delete.


How Clear Your Browsing History in Firefox

Firefox also has access to the same keyboard shortcut for deleting browser history as IE and Chrome.

  1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Delete to bring up the history-clearing options.
  2. It'll bring up a list of what you can and can't delete, click the Details arrow if you want a more detailed list.
  3. You can also choose a span of time to clear. The options suggest clearing either the last hour, the last 2 hours, the last 4 hours, the last full day, or get rid of everything.
  4. Select Clear Now


How to Clear your Chrome browser history.

Chrome uses the same keyboard shortcut as Internet Explorer.

  1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Delete in Chrome and you'll get Google's options onscreen.
  2. As with IE just check the boxes next to the categories you want to clear.
  3. One thing to check is to be sure to examine all the options from the drop-down menu at the top. This menu lets you to choose how much of your history you'd like to clear. You can get rid of the past hour, day, week, or month or you can get rid of the lot.
  4. Click Clear browsing data



Windows 7

The Steps are the same as for Vista for Internet Explorer versions 7 to 10. Firefox and Chrome remain the same as well.

For Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

How to Clear Your Internet Explorer History

  1. When deleting your browsing history in Internet Explorer a useful keyboard shortcut is Ctrl-Shift-Delete.
  2. This brings up a dialog box that lets you specify what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of.
  3. Just check the boxes next to the categories you want to remove
  4. Click Delete.


How to Clear Your Browsing History in Firefox

Firefox also has access to the same keyboard shortcut for deleting browser history as IE and Chrome.

  1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Delete to bring up the history-clearing options.
  2. It'll bring up a list of what you can and can't delete, click the Details arrow if you want a more detailed list.
  3. You can also choose a span of time to clear. The options suggest clearing either the last hour, the last 2 hours, the last 4 hours, the last full day, or get rid of everything.
  4. Select
    Clear Now


How to Clear your Chrome browser history.

Chrome uses the same keyboard shortcut as Internet Explorer.

  1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Delete in Chrome and you'll get Google's options onscreen.
  2. As with IE just check the boxes next to the categories you want to clear. One thing to check is to be sure to examine all the options from the drop-down menu at the top. This menu lets you to choose how much of your history you'd like to clear. You can get rid of the past hour, day, week, or month or you can get rid of the lot.
  3. Select Clear browsing history



Windows 8 and 8.1

The Steps are the same as for Vista for Internet Explorer versions 7 to 9. Firefox and Chrome remain the same as well.

For Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

How to Clear Your Internet Explorer History

  1. When deleting your browsing history in Internet Explorer a useful keyboard shortcut is Ctrl-Shift-Delete.
  2. This brings up a dialog box that lets you specify what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of.
  3. Just check the boxes next to the categories you want to remove
  4. Click Delete


For version 10 please follow these steps.

How to delete the browsing history in Internet Explorer 10 on the Home Screen.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen - If you're using a mouse point to the upper right corner of the screen and move the mouse pointer down
  2. Then tap or click Settings.
  3. Tap or click Internet Options.
  4. Under Delete Browsing History you can tap or click Delete.

To delete browsing history in Internet Explorer 10 for the desktop

  1. Open Internet Explorer for the desktop.
  2. Tap or click the Tools button and point to Safety and then tap or click Delete browsing history.
  3. Select the check box next to each category of information you want to delete and then Tap or click Delete.

Clear Your Browsing History in Firefox

Firefox also has access to the same keyboard shortcut for deleting browser history as IE and Chrome.

  1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Delete to bring up the history-clearing options.
  2. It'll bring up a list of what you can and can't delete, click the Details arrow if you want a more detailed list.
  3. You can also choose a span of time to clear. The options suggest clearing either the last hour, the last 2 hours, the last 4 hours, the last full day, or get rid of everything.
  4. Select Clear Now


How to Clear your Chrome browser history

Chrome uses the same keyboard shortcut as Internet Explorer.

  1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Delete in Chrome and you'll get Google's options onscreen.
  2. As with IE just check the boxes next to the categories you want to clear. One thing to check is to be sure to examine all the options from the drop-down menu at the top. This menu lets you to choose how much of your history you'd like to clear. You can get rid of the past hour, day, week, or month or you can get rid of the lot.
  3. Select
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Windows 10

The Steps are the same as for Vista for Internet Explorer versions 7 to 9. Firefox and Chrome remain the same as well.

For Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

How to Clear Your Internet Explorer History

  1. When deleting your browsing history in Internet Explorer a useful keyboard shortcut is Ctrl-Shift-Delete.
  2. This brings up a dialog box that lets you specify what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of.
  3. Just check the boxes next to the categories you want to remove
  4. Click Delete.


For version 10 please follow these steps :

  1. Open Internet Explorer for the desktop.
  2. Tap or click the Tools button and point to Safety and then tap or click Delete browsing history.
  3. Select the check box next to each category of information you want to delete and then Tap or click Delete.

How to Clear Your Browsing History in Firefox

Firefox also has access to the same keyboard shortcut for deleting browser history as IE and Chrome.

  1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Delete to bring up the history-clearing options.
  2. It'll bring up a list of what you can and can't delete, click the Details arrow if you want a more detailed list. You can also choose a span of time to clear. The options suggest clearing either the last hour, the last 2 hours, the last 4 hours, the last full day, or get rid of everything.
  3. Select Clear Now


How to Clear your Chrome browser history.

Chrome uses the same keyboard shortcut as Internet Explorer.

  1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Delete in Chrome and you'll get Google's options onscreen.
  2. As with IE just check the boxes next to the categories you want to clear. One thing to check is to be sure to examine all the options from the drop-down menu at the top. This menu lets you to choose how much of your history you'd like to clear. You can get rid of the past hour, day, week, or month or you can get rid of the lot.
  3. Select Clear browsing data


For the new browser Edge please follow these steps :

Note: Hub is an icon Hub Icon (With three horizontal stripes) on the browser which links you to your Browser History, Favorites, Reading List and Current Downloads.
  1. Tap or click on the Hub Icon and select History.
  2. Then select Clear all History, which then gives you the choice of what data and which files you want to remove from your PC.
  3. Once you've made you choice, then select Clear to finish up.

What gets deleted when you delete your browsing history?

Type of Info What gets deleted
Browsing History The list of sites you've visited, including your frequently visited sites
Cookies and Saved Website Data Website files which store your information for those sites, such as sign-ins and locations
Cached data and files copies of web pages, images and such, that are kept to speed up page loading
Download History list of files you've downloaded (This doesn't affect the actual downloaded files.)
Form Data Information you regularly enter into forms
Passwords Sites passwords that you've saved
Media Licenses PlayReady / Digital Rights management content licenses
Pop-Up Exceptions The list of websites you allow to use pop-ups
Location Permissions The list of websites you allow to know your current location
Full Screen Permissions The list of websites you allow to open in Full Screen
Compatibility Permissions The list of websites you allow to automatically open in IE (Internet Explorer)


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Article ID: SLN153604

Last Date Modified: 04/15/2019 03:49 AM


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