How to Remove History Tabs

By Wade Shaddy

Removing history tabs from your computer browser is important. History tabs are a vital tool that many of us utilize on a daily basis, but with people accessing wireless Internet at any time all over the country, the possibilities of identity fraud from left-over history tabs are real possibilities. For security purposes it is vital that all computer users know how to remove history tabs from their own personal computers.

Step 1

Open your computer's browser, and let it load your homepage. Find the toolbar at the top of the page containing the browsers address box where it lists the current address page. Just above the toolbar you will see these prompts, file, edit, view, history, bookmarks, tools and help.

Step 2

Click on the prompt that says "tools," another box will open. Click on the prompt that says, "options," it is the last one on the bottom of the box. Another prompt box will open. At the top of the box there is a toolbar with icons. Click on the one that says, "privacy," it will open another box.

Step 3

Check to make sure which browser you are using, the four commonly used browsers have slightly different prompt boxes. Look halfway down the prompt box if you are using the Firefox browser, you will see the statement, "clear recent history." Click on the statement. Another prompt box will open. If you are using the Explorer browser, you will see, "days to keep pages in history." Click zero. Right beside that, you will see the prompt box, "clear history," click on that. If you are using the Google Chrome browser you will see a box that says "clear browsing history." Click on that, and underneath that you will see a box that says, clear browsing data," click on that. For the Safari browser it just takes one click. At the top of the tool bar, move the cursor over the history icon. There will be a drop-down menu. At the bottom of the drop-down menu there will be a box that says,"clear history." Click on that.

Step 4

Look at the top of the prompt box. There will be options for clearing the time range of your history tabs for the past few hours, days, weeks or, "clear everything." Click the box that says, "clear everything."

Step 5

Click on the option for "browsing and download history." Below that is the last option; there are two boxes: one says "cancel" and one says, "clear now." Click on the one that says "clear now." All of your history tabs will immediately be deleted.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some browsers, like Safari, will take you directly to the "clear recent history" prompt when you click on the "tools" icon in your toolbar. If your browser allows this action, use it as a shortcut and follow the prompts after you click on the "tools," icon to clear recent history tabs.