How to Track Internet Browsing History

By Eric Hammer

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.

Step 1

Turn on your computer and open your browser.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.”

Step 4

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. 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."

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also open your browser history from the pull-down menus of each service.
  • In Internet Explorer 8, go to “Tools” then select “Explorer Bars,” then select “History.”
  • In Firefox, click “History” and then “Show all history.”
  • In Google Chrome, click the “wrench” and then click “History.”
  • In Opera, click the “Panels” button along the bottom left-hand side of the browser and then click the “History” button.
  • All browsers also offer the option to delete your history. If you do so, you will not be able to see the history for anything prior to the time you deleted history. In addition, Internet Explorer 8 now offers a privacy mode, which, when enabled, will not store your browsing history in your browser. If you use privacy mode, you will not be able to see sites you’ve visited in the history bar.