How to Clear Your Recent Searches

By Stacy D. Cooper

One simple way to protect your Internet privacy is to clear your recent searches from the computer. Unless you select options to prevent your computer from storing search information, every time you type key words in a search window to find information on the Internet your computer stores them. You can remove this information from your computer by clearing the search history. This prevents others from knowing the websites you visit and takes less than one minute to do.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Click on your Internet browser to open the Internet on your computer.

Step 2

Click on the word "Tools" listed at the top of your screen.

Step 3

Browse the options and click on the words "Internet Options."

Step 4

Click on the "Delete" button under the browsing history section in the window. Another window will appear.

Step 5

Click on the small boxes next to the the words "Temporary Internet files," "Cookies" and "History." A small check mark will appear in the box.

Step 6

Click on the "Delete" button. A pop up window will appear. When it closes, click on the "OK" button found at the bottom of the window. The window will close.

Step 7

Click on the word "History" found at the top of your screen. Select the "Show All History" link. A new window will pop up.

Step 8

Click on each file and press the delete button on your keyboard to remove the information from your computer.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Open your Internet browser and select the word "Tools" listed along the top of your screen.

Step 2

Click on the words "Clear Recent History" or "Clear Private Data." The words will vary depending on the version of Firefox you are using.

Step 3

Change the range next to the words "Time range to clear" to choose the amount of history you want to clear. Your options will be the last hour, last two hours, last four hours, today or everything. If you do not see the time range option message skip to Step 4.

Step 4

Click "Clear Now" to complete the process. The window will disappear.

Step 5

Right click on the search bar and select the "Clear Search History" option to finish clearing your search history.