How to Erase a Search on Mac

Mac OS X is an operating system developed by Apple and known for its simple interface and aesthetics. The operating system has a built-in search tool called Spotlight as well as a pre-installed browser that you can use to search the Internet. If you're concerned about privacy, you can take steps to erase your search tracks after using your Mac computer.

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Click the magnifying glass-shaped icon in the top right-hand corner of the Mac's screen to open the Spotlight search menu.

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Highlight and delete any text in the search box to instantly clear the search. Spotlight does not save searches beyond what's entered into the search box.

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Launch Safari, the Mac's default Internet browser, by double-clicking its icon in the Mac's "Applications" folder.

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Click "Safari" in the top menu bar of Safari.

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Select "Reset" from the drop-down menu. A dialog window will appear. Check all of the boxes, including the "AutoFill" box that saves all text you've previously entered into Safari's search box.

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Press the "Reset" button. The browser will now erase all of your Mac's past Internet browsing and search history.