How to Look Up Internet History on Windows XP

By Craig Witt

All modern Web browsers store information about the pages and sites you visit. In addition to maintaining a list of site names and Web addresses, they also store data about the time and date each page is visited. Because this information is logged and stored by the browser, you must look up the history in the browser itself on your Windows XP computer.

Look Up History in Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open an Internet Explorer browser window.

Step 2

Press the "Ctrl" and "H" keys simultaneously to load the browser's "History" panel.

Step 3

Click the drop-down menu at the top of the History panel to select your preferred sorting method. You can view the history by date, by site or by the pages visited most often. You can also search for specific terms by selecting the "Search History" option.

Look Up History in Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Open a Firefox browser window.

Step 2

Press the "Ctrl" and "H" keys simultaneously to load the browser's "History" panel.

Step 3

Click the "View" button to select your preferred sorting method. You can sort by date, by site or by date and site together. Firefox also lets you view the most frequently visited and most recently visited sites. Search for specific terms by entering a value in the "Search" field.

Look Up History in Opera

Step 1

Open an Opera browser window.

Step 2

Press the "Ctrl" and "H" keys simultaneously to load the browser's "History" panel.

Step 3

Click the "View" button to select your preferred sorting method. You can sort by time, by site or by time and site together. Search for specific terms by entering a value in the "Quick find" field.

Look Up History in Chrome

Step 1

Open a Chrome browser window.

Step 2

Click the icon resembling a wrench, located in the upper right corner of the window.

Step 3

Select "History" from the resulting sub-menu. The browser's history information loads in a new tab, displaying data in reverse chronological order. View older history by clicking the "Older" link at the bottom of the screen. Search for specific terms by entering a value in the field at the top of the screen and clicking "Search history."