How to Clear Links of Visited Web Pages

By Hannelore Davis

There are many reasons why you may need to clear the links of visited web pages from your browser. You may have been shopping online for a gift for a family member and don't want them to see where you've been, or you may just be trying to look for ways to improve your browser's performance. Whatever the reasons, each browser has a different way to clear the history.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer. Click on "Safety." "Safety" should be located in the upper right hand corner between "Page" and "Tools."

Step 2

Click on "Delete Browsing History...". It will be the first option in the "Safety" menu. A new window will open.

Step 3

Ensure the small white square to the left of "History" is checked. Additionally, you may also select "Temporary Internet Files," "Cookies," "Form Data," "Passwords," or "InPrivate Filtering Data" if you wish to delete those as well.

Step 4

Press "Delete" at the bottom of the window. This window will close, and another window will open, showing you the progress of the deletion. Once this window closes, the deletion is complete.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Open Mozilla Firefox. Click on "Tools." "Tools" is located in the upper left hand corner, between "Bookmarks" and "Help."

Step 2

Click on "Clear Recent History." It is located beneath "Start Private Browsing," and will be the third option from the bottom. Clicking will open a new window.

Step 3

Select a time range. You may choose to clear data from the past hour, two hours, for hours, day or everything.

Step 4

Click "Details." Ensure the small white box to the left of "Browsing and Download History" is checked. Similar to Internet Explorer, there may also be additional items you may want to clear listed here. Select each one as you desire.

Step 5

Click "Clear Now." This will clear the list of visited web pages, as well as any other items you selected in the "Details" section.

Safari

Step 1

Open Safari. Click on "History." It will be located at the top.

Step 2

Click on "Clear History." This will remove the visited web pages list from Safari.

Step 3

Additionally, if you are in the "full history search" mode in Safari, you may click the "Clear History" button located in the lower left hand corner of the screen.

Google Chrome

Step 1

Open Google Chrome. Click on the wrench icon located in the upper right hand corner.

Step 2

Click on "Options," located beneath "Synchronize my bookmarks..." "Options" is the fourth menu item from the bottom. This will open a new window.

Step 3

Select the "Under the Hood" tab. It will be the last tab located at the top. This will open another new window.

Step 4

Ensure the small white box to the left of "Clear browsing history" is checked. There are additional options here to delete other stored data. Select additional options if you wish.

Step 5

Select a period of time from the "Clear data from this period" drop down menu. You may choose between last day, last week, last four weeks and everything.

Step 6

Click "Clear browsing data." The window will close, bringing you back to the "Under the Hood" window. You may close this window as well. Your list of recently visited web pages will now be cleared.

Tips & Warnings

  • Each browser has a keyboard shortcut for quickly accessing it's version of browsing history. This shortcut will be displayed next to the menu option to reach the browsing history options.
  • Google Chrome also has an option to delete the browsing history of specific days. Click on the wrench icon, then click on "History." This will open a new tab, with the list of days you can delete the history from.
  • Most browsers have additional stored items that you may select for deletion. Deleting these items may clear stored passwords or other stored information. Review each option to ensure you are not deleting something you would prefer to keep.