How to View and Delete Browsing History on Safari

By Techwalla Internet Editor

Whenever you view a Web page, Safari automatically saves a record of its name and location in the Browsing History folder. This can be a helpful feature when you want to return to a Web page that you have previously viewed. It can also be problematic in that it allows other users of your computer to view every Web page that you have visited. Because of this, Safari is set up to make it easy for you to either view or delete your browsing history whenever you want.

Things You'll Need

  • Safari Web browser
  • Internet access
  • Macintosh computer running OS 10.4 (Tiger) or later

View Your Browsing History

Step 1

Open up your Safari Web browser.

Step 2

Click on the History menu and hold down the cursor. You should see a list of the last 10 Web sites that you've visited, as well as dates representing your browsing history from previous days.

Step 3

Move your cursor over one of the dates in order to view the entire browsing history of that day. Keep holding your cursor down in order to scroll through the list of Web pages.

Step 4

Look through your browsing history in order to locate pages that you would like to visit again.

Delete Your Browsing History

Step 1

Open up Safari.

Step 2

Go to the History menu.

Step 3

Choose 'Clear History' at the bottom of the pull down menu.

Step 4

Repeat as needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Download Safari 2.0 for free at Apple's online downloads page (see Resources below).
  • The latest version of Safari will only work on computers that are running on the Tiger operating system (10.4). For maximum performance, Apple also recommends that you have at least 3 GB of free space on your hard drive.
  • For added security, Safari users can enable the Private Browsing function. This lets Safari know not to save a record of your browsing history or any cookies that may be presented by other sites.
  • For additional help and guidance using Safari, go to the online Safari Discussion Forum to talk to and ask questions of other users (see Resources below).
  • This guide was written specifically for Safari 2.0 and may not be applicable to earlier versions of the Web browser.
  • Deleting your browsing history does not delete any cookies that may have been saved on your computer as a result of navigating to those sites.