How to Turn Recent Searches Off Permanently

Recent searches is the portion of a Web browser that records keywords typed into a search bar. Recent searches allows users to quickly navigate to previous searches or to see what was recently searched on a particular PC. Disabling recent searches allows a user to surf the Web without leaving a trace as no keywords are recorded by the browser. Disabling recent searches permanently is done by enabling the private browsing mode in the browser of your choice.

Internet Explorer

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Open Internet Explorer. Allow the browser to fully load.

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Click the "Safety" menu item at the top of the window. Hover the cursor over "InPrivate Browsing."

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Click "InPrivate Browsing" to enable it. While in this mode, Internet Explorer stops recording any search data, cookies or form data input by the user.

Mozilla Firefox

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Run the Firefox program. Allow the browser to load the homepage.

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Click the "Tools" option near the top right portion of the window. Move the cursor to the "Start Private Browsing" option.

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Click "Start Private Browsing" from the list. Click "Start Private Browsing" when prompted. Mozilla Firefox now does not record form data, cookies and search history.

Google Chrome

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Open the Google Chrome. Let the homepage load fully.

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Click the small wrench icon in the top right portion of the window. Move the cursor to the "New Incognito Window" option.

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Click the "New Incognito Window" option. Close the current Chrome window and click the new incognito window.