How to Get the Links to Not Turn Purple on Craigslist

By Adrian Grahams

A purple link on the Craigslist advertising site shows that you've previously clicked the link and visited the linked page. If you don't want other computer users to know which Craigslist links that you've visited, you'll need to change the color settings in Microsoft Internet Explorer. This feature is usually set to the default Microsoft Windows color scheme, but you can override this setting so that visited links no longer show as purple on Craigslist and other websites.

Step 1

Launch Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Click the "Tools" button with the "gears" logo in the top right of the navigation menu.

Step 3

Select "Internet Options" from the drop-down menu. This opens the options menu on the default "General" settings tab.

Step 4

Click the "Colors" button in the "Appearance" section at the bottom of the pop-up window. Click the check box beside "Use Windows Colors" to clear and deselect this option.

Step 5

Click the button beside "Visited" in the "Colors" section. This launches the basic color-picker tool. Select the same bright blue color that Internet Explorer uses to display unvisited links. This is the blue button five columns from the left and four rows from the top of the "Basic Colors" color-picker.

Step 6

Click the "OK" button to save your changes, and to exit the color-picker. Click "OK," then "OK" again to exit the settings menus.

Tips & Warnings

  • Test the settings by visiting the Craiglist website, and clicking on various links. When you click the "Back" button on the browser, you should find that visited links no longer display in purple but retain the blue color of unvisited links.
  • Most Web browsers allow you to change the default color settings. You'll usually find this in the "Options," "Settings" or "Tools" menu.