How to Find Internet History Folders

By Chris Ciolli

Your Internet history folders are both a useful and possibly incriminating reference. Internet history folders allow you to look up a site you visited some time ago, but can also be used as evidence against employees accused of inappropriate computer use at work. Keeping good track of your Internet use through your Internet history folders is highly recommended. But to do so, you'll have to be able to find your Internet folders. Fortunately, finding your Internet history folders is very simple.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Internet browser program

Step 1

Open your browser. In many browsers, like Safari and Firefox, "History" is a drop-down menu at the top of the window. In some others, like Internet Explorer, "History" is a side tab on the browser window as well as an option under the "View" menu. Whatever your browser, hunt around the menus and tabs in your open browser program for "History."

Step 2

When you find "History," open it. On drop-down menus, like those used in Safari and Firefox, select "Show All History." With programs like Internet Explorer, simply select "History" under the "View" menu, or open the "History" tab. This is your Internet history. You can delete parts of your history, or clear it completely.

Step 3

Alternately, open your hard drive. If using a Macintosh operating system, select the user name for which you want the Internet history folders. Select "Library" under the desired user name. Select "Caches" in the "Library" folder. Open "Metadata." In "Metadata," open your browser. In your browser, open the "History" folder.

Step 4

If using a Windows operating system, open the "C:" drive, then "Documents and Settings", the folder with your user name, and then "Local settings/History." To view this folder, you have to hidden and system files visible. To enable this function, open "My computer" and go to "Tools" on the toolbar. Select "Folder Options" and a dialog box opens. Go to "View" on the toolbar and select the radio button "Show hidden files and folders" and uncheck "Hide protected Operating System Files." Click "Ok."

Tips & Warnings

  • For most users, the Internet history you can access through your browser program is easier to manage and modify.