How to Delete Google Search Engine History

By Patrick Hutchison

Google's search engine allows users to scour the Internet for specific keywords and phrases. Each search is recorded by the user's web browser to enable faster and smarter future searches. Internet searches often involve sensitive, private information. Especially when working on a public computer, being able to delete this search history is a necessary skill. Knowing how to delete Google Search Engine History will help maintain the privacy and security of your Internet searches.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.6
  • Google Chrome

Internet Explorer 8

Step 1

Click on "Tools" in the Menu bar of the Internet Explorer 8 window.

Step 2

Go to "Internet Options" at the bottom of the "Tools" menu.

Step 3

Select the "General" tab and click on "Delete" within the "Browsing history" section.

Step 4

Check the boxes marked "Form data" and "History."

Step 5

Click "Delete."

Mozilla Firefox 3.6

Step 1

Select "Tools" from Firefox's Menu bar.

Step 2

Go to "Clear Recent History."

Step 3

Select a date range at the top of the window. To delete all Google Search Engine History, select the "Everything" option.

Step 4

Open the "Details" menu by clicking on the arrow next to it.

Step 5

Check the boxes marked "Browsing & Download History" and "Form & Search History."

Step 6

Click "Clear Now."

Google Chrome

Step 1

Go to Google Chrome's settings by clicking on the icon featuring a small blue wrench in the top right corner of Chrome's browser window.

Step 2

Go to "Options."

Step 3

Select the tab marked "Under the Hood."

Step 4

Click on "Clear browsing data."

Step 5

Check the boxes marked "Clear browsing history" and "Clear saved form data."

Step 6

Click "Clear browsing data."

Tips & Warnings

  • Always delete your Google search engine history after using a public computer or when searching for sensitive information.
  • Do not attempt to apply these instructions to other web browsers, as they may harm your computer. Other web browsers have specific procedures for deleting search history.