How to Delete Your Browser’s History

By Jay White

February 11, 2015   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

Your browser is a place that holds many powers. One of those powers is the ability, if you have found a useful website, to find it again with a few keystrokes. Of course, this is a double-edged sword, because if you are visiting sites you don’t want others to see, or you are on a public computer and don’t want to share your bank account login with everyone, there is the ability to delete your browser information. The exact method to delete it will depend on your choice of browser, but regardless of the choice, it is very easy to do. Here are the basics:

Clear Your Cache: You can delete all of your “cookies” from your temporary internet file. This is possible through your computer, but these days it is just as easy to do right through the browser without searching through your computer’s files. Here are the instructions for four of the most popular internet browsers.


Go to the Firefox button, and find the menu item called history. From there, you can go to the sub-menu item that says “clear recent history.” You can choose how much history you want to clear, whether it’s that day, a week, a set range, or everything. This means if you only want to clear the last few sites you wanted without having to re-enter every single cached login ID on every online site you use, it’s possible. Push clear now, and you’re done.


On the browser toolbar, choose the chrome menu button. It will ask you what kinds of information you want to remove, and give you the option to select the check boxes that correspond to the types of information that you want to remove. Like Firefox, you have the option to choose the timeline of information you’re interested in removing. Do do this, simply choose the correct amount of time or the dates from the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete, up to everything.


In the bookmarks bar, click on the icon that looks like an open book. Go to the collections section, listed on the left. Under there, you will see a listing for history. Choose any single items you want to delete, or if you prefer, highlight everything and delete it. Apple does content, instead of timeline-based deletion.


Click on the safety button, and you will find a button that says delete browsing history. If you want to save the cookies for login names and favorite parts of websites, click the box that says preserve favorites.

Jay White

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