How to Turn Recent Searches Off Permanently

By Justin A. Mann

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer. Allow the browser to fully load.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 1

Open the Google Chrome. Let the homepage load fully.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Tips & Warnings

  • Simply perform the steps again to revert the browsers' settings to allow recent searches to be recorded.