How to Delete Your Web History in Firefox

By Techwalla Internet Editor

In just one day of browsing the Internet, you can accumulate quite a lot of Web history. This accumulation can sometimes weigh down the software and cause it to not perform more slowly than you'd like. There is an easy way to delete all of your Web history information and even limit the number of days the browser will store the names and URLs of Web sites you've visited.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access

Configure Your History Settings

Step 1

Open the Firefox browser. Mac users will select Tools from the top menu list, and Windows users will select Tools. Select Options for Windows and Preferences for Macs.

Step 2

Click on the Privacy icon. The first option listed allows you to set the number of days for which you want Firefox to remember the Web pages you've visited.

Step 3

Type in the number of days for which you want your history saved. You may also elect to have Firefox remember what you enter in forms and the search bar, as well as remember what you've downloaded. Windows users should then click on the 'Ok' button to lock in the new changes, while Mac users need only close the preferences box to save the new information.

Delete Your Web History in Firefox

Step 1

Re-open the Options (Windows) or Preferences (Mac) box and click on the Privacy icon.

Step 2

Hit the 'Clear Now' button located in the Private Data section. A new box will open with multiple options for clearing your history.

Step 3

Check any or all of the boxes that will delete your Web history. You can choose to delete cookies, cache and browsing history.

Step 4

Press the 'Clear Private Data Now' button to delete all of your Web history.

Tips & Warnings

  • Find the most current version of Firefox on the Mozilla download page (see Resources below).
  • Download the latest version of Firefox once you know you have the minimum system requirements. For Windows users, you'll need to have Windows 98 or higher, a 233 Mhz processor, 64 MB of RAM and 50 MB of free disk space. All Mac owners need to be running Mac OS X 10.2 or higher, have a 233 Mhz processor, 64 MB of RAM and 50 MB of free disk space. The Linux kernel 2.2.14, a 233 Mhz processor, 64 MB of RAM and 50 MB of free disk space are needed for a Linux based system.
  • The Firefox browser features advanced security technology, and has multiple ways to help ensure your personal information is safe while surfing online. One of the security features is forgery detection.
  • Learn as much as you can about all of the numerous functions of the Firefox browser by looking through the browser's support page (see Resources below).
  • These steps were written for the latest version of the Firefox browser, version Using these steps for older versions might not work.