How to Delete Private Browsing

By Amie Taylor

When you share a computer with others, privacy can be an issue. Whether your family has a single computer or you use a public computer at the library, there are times when you want to keep your browsing private. Maybe you've been researching an embarrassing medical condition, shopping for a surprise present for that special someone or looking for an old love and don't want anyone to know. At any rate, your business is your own, and with a few simple steps, you can delete your browsing history and keep you Web surfing private.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Click "Tools" on the top menu bar.

Step 3

Click "Internet Options."

Step 4

Under "Browsing History," click "Delete."

Step 5

Click "Delete All."

Step 6

Check the box that says, "Also delete files and settings stored by add-ons." Click "Yes."

Step 7

Wait for deletion to finish and then click "OK" in the Internet Options box.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Open your browser.

Step 2

Click "Tools" on the top menu bar.

Step 3

Click "Clear Recent History."

Step 4

Check all boxes that apply.

Step 5

Click "Clear Now."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using a browser that offers a "private browsing" option, there is no need to delete your history. No information is stored during a private-browsing session. Simply switch private browsing off when you are done.
  • Remember that no matter what you delete on your computer, everything you've ever done will be visible to a computer forensics expert or other skilled professional.