How to Clear Search History on a Search Engine

By Chad Buleen

Using a search engine is the only way to find exactly what you are looking for among millions of websites. However, the disadvantage to using a search engine is that you may need to go extra lengths to protect your privacy, especially if you use a public computer. After performing a search, the words you type into the search box will auto-fill into the space when a similar search is typed. Luckily, it's possible to clear the history on a search engine. The method you use to cledo so depends on your Web browser.

Firefox

Step 1

Click the "Tools" menu at the top of the page and choose "Clear Recent History."

Step 2

Click to open the drop-down box next to "Time range to clear." Choose "Everything."

Step 3

Click to open the drop-down box next to "Details."

Step 4

Click the boxes next to "Browsing & Downloads History" and "Form & Search History."

Step 5

Select "Clear Now."

Safari

Step 1

Click the "Safari" menu and choose "Preferences."

Step 2

Select the "Autofill" tab.

Step 3

Click the "Edit" button, which is next to "Other Forms."

Step 4

Click on the search engine in the list you want to clear. For example, if you wanted to clear the Google search engine, click "Google.com."

Step 5

Click "Remove" and select "Done."

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Click the "Tools" menu at the top of the page and choose "Internet Options."

Step 2

Click the "Content" tab.

Step 3

Click "Autocomplete."

Step 4

Select "Clear Forms." You now have cleared the search history in Internet Explorer.