How to Clear a Search History List

By Gregory Hamel

Internet browsers are programs that allow users to visit websites and conduct internet searches. Web browsers are usually designed to create a history list which stores information about websites you visited and searches you made with search engines like Google or Yahoo. This can be a convenient feature if you often run the same searches or wish to view a certain web page that you viewed previously, but it can also allow others that use your computer to view your browsing history. Deleting history can help keep your browsing private.

Things You'll Need

  • Firefox 3.6 or higher
  • Internet Explorer 8 or higher
  • Safari 2, 3 or 4

Delete History in Firefox

Step 1

Open Firefox and click on the "Tools" menu.

Step 2

Click "Clear Recent History" and change the value under "Time range to clear" to "Everything."

Step 3

Click on the arrow next to "Details," click the check boxes next to "Browsing & Download History," and "Form & Search History," and then click "Clear Now."

Delete History in Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer and click on the "Tools" menu.

Step 2

Click "Delete Browsing History."

Step 3

Check the boxes next to "History," and "Form Data," and then click "Delete." Agree to any confirmation window that appears.

Delete History in Safari

Step 1

Open Safari and click on the history menu.

Step 2

Select "Clear History."

Step 3

Click the Safari menu, "Preferences," click the "Autofill" tab, and click "Edit" next to "Other Forms."

Step 4

Select the websites from the list for which you want to clear search history, click "Remove" and then click "Done."

Tips & Warnings

  • Your web browser may allow you to prevent any history from being saved. For example, in Firefox you can click "Tools," "Options," and then select "Never Remember History," from the dropdown list under the "Privacy" tab.