How to Track Internet Browsing History

Whether you are trying to find out what your teenage kid was looking at on her computer or you simply want to be able to find that cool website you saw a few weeks ago but can’t quite remember the address for, the browsing history in your browser is a vital tool. Fortunately, it is extremely easy to track your browsing history in the four most popular browsers used with Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera.

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You can find that page you saw weeks ago in your browsing history.
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Turn on your computer and open your browser.

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Hold the “Ctrl” (Control) key and then press the “H” key at the same time.

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Look through your browser history. In most browsers, it is organized based on when you visited a particular site. For example, you might see sites visited today and yesterday, then several days ago, last week and “a long time ago.”

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Think of a few keywords. In Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera, if you have some idea of what the site was about, you can track it down based on keyword.

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For Firefox and Opera, just type the keyword into the "Search box." The software will automatically search for anything related to what you type. In Google Chrome, type the keyword into the search box and click "Search history."