How to Clear Web History

By Ann Johnson

When surfing the Internet, the addresses of Web pages you visited are automatically saved on your hard drive. This can be handy if you want to revisit a page and can't recall the name of the website. But over time, the stored history can begin to slow the loading speed of files and take up too much disk space. And sometimes, you don't want anyone to know the websites you've been visiting. You can clear out Web history using your Web browser.

Step 1

Open your browser and look for the menu bar. If you are using Internet Explorer and there is not a menu bar visible, right click at the top of the screen, in the gray area, and place a check by "Menu bar."

Step 2

Click on "Tools," then "Delete Browsing History" if you are using Internet Explorer 7. If you are using Safari, you would click on "History," then "Clear History" in the drop-down menu. If you are using Firefox, click on "Tools," then "Clear Private Data," then "Delete Browsing History."

Step 3

Click on the files you want to delete if you're using Internet Explorer. This would include "Temporary Internet Files" and "History." If you choose to delete more, such as passwords and forms, you will no longer have passwords or form entries saved on your computer.

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