How to View Recent Searches

If you’ve ever conducted several Web searches in a row only to lose a site you found early in your research, you know how frustrating it can be to forget which search phrase turned up a particular result. Fortunately, you can check your search history by looking at your Web browser’s history archive. This archive will show all recently visited pages, including submitted search engine searches.

Firefox

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Open the Firefox browser window by double-clicking the icon on your desktop or quick-launch bar.

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Open the "History" window by pressing the "Ctrl," "Shift" and "H" buttons simultaneously. You can also click “Bookmarks” followed by “Organize Bookmarks” and “History.”

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Click any of the options in the left-hand pane of the "History" window to browse various dates. You can choose from today, yesterday, the current week or past months.

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Look through the results in the right-hand pane for submitted searches.

Internet Explorer

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Open your Internet Explorer browser.

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Press the "Ctrl" and "H" buttons simultaneously to open the "History" window. Another method for opening this window is clicking the star icon and then selecting “History.”

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Click the options in the left-hand pane to expand the various history timeframes.

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Click any submitted searches to open them in the browser pane.

Chrome

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Open Chrome and allow it to load.

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Click the "Wrench" icon. Select “History,” or use the shortcut keys "Ctrl" and "H."

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Scroll through the results to find submitted searches.

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Click on a submitted search to open it in a new tab.