How to Clear your Web History from Popular Browser

Whenever we start our system. We start browsing just with the starting of the system. Today Social media is our life and most of us spent so much time on social media. When we visit a browser it saves our web history.

You can see this when you tap on the search option. All Web browsers keep a log of pages that you have visited in the past, defined as browsing history. For your data safety, you must clear the data from time to time. For this, you have to know that how can you delete your history from the web browser.

There are so many web browsers that we use. Every web browser has its own way of storage. Most famous browsers are Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox Mozilla, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Safari, etc.

As Chrome is the extensively used web browser. So, first of all, have a look at Google Chrome. After that some other popular browsers.

Delete your Web History- Chrome

If you do not want a record of web pages that you have visited using Chrome. You can delete all or some of your browsing history. Deleting your browsing history will take effect on all devices where you have turned sync on in Chrome. 

Your history will be removed from Chrome. Separately, you can also delete your Google search history from your account.

See your history

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More.
  3. Click History  History.

Clear your history

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More.
  3. Click History  History.
  4. On the left, click Clear browsing data. A box will appear.
  5. From the drop-down menu, select how much history you want to delete. To clear everything, select All time.
  6. Check the boxes for the info you want Chrome to clear, including “browsing history.” 
  7. Click Clear data.

Delete an item from your web history

You can delete certain parts of your history. To search for something specific, use the search bar at the top.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More.
  3. Click History  History.
  4. Check the box next to each item that you want to remove from your History.
  5. At the top right, click Delete.
  6. Confirm by clicking Remove.

Remove an image from New Tab page

To see the sites you visit most, open a new tab. To remove an image, point to it and click Remove.

What your history page shows

Your History page shows the web pages you have visited on Chrome in the last 90 days. It does not store Chrome pages you have visited like chrome://settings. That is the pages you have visited in Incognito mode. Or pages you have already deleted from your browsing history.

If you are signed in to Chrome and syncing your history, then your History page shows web pages you have visited across all your synced devices for much longer.

Browse privately (Incognito mode)

If you do not want Chrome to save your browsing history at all. You can browse in private with Incognito mode.

Using a Chromebook at work or school then your network administrator can turn off browsing history. If history is off, your History page would not list web pages you have visited.

Delete Web History- Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge browser for Windows stores a significant number of data components on your device. From a record of the websites which you have previously visited, to passwords that you use regularly to access your email, banking sites, etc.

Edge also maintains other items specific to your browsing sessions and preferences such as a list of sites on which you allow pop-up windows. Some browsing data components are even sent to Microsoft’s servers and stored in the cloud, via the browser as well as by Cortana.

How to Clear Browsing Data

Clear browsing data from the Edge Browser when it is open.

  1. Click on the More actions menu, represented by three horizontal dots and located in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.
  2. When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings.
  3. Edge’s Settings interface should now be displayed, in a slide-out on the right side of the screen. Click Choose what to clear, located in the Clear browsing data section.
  4. The Clear browsing data dialog should now be displayed. To designate a particular data component to be deleted, place a checkmark next to its name by clicking on the checkbox next to that item. You can also clear a selection by clicking the checkmark to remove it.
  5. Before choosing which data to wipe out, you should review the details of each like history, cache, cookies, etc.
  6. To view the remainder of the browsing data components that Edge stores on your hard drive, click Manage Permissions.
The Manage permissions option in Microsoft Edge.

In addition to the common browsing data components, Edge stores permissions information, as well.

Delete Web History from Internet Explorer 11

This browser provides the ability to both manage and remove this sometimes sensitive information through what is essentially a user-friendly interface. Although the sheer amount of private data types may seem overwhelming at first. But, with the time you will be expert in this.

Steps to clear browser history:

  1. First, open IE11.
  2. Click on the Gear (Settings) icon, also known as the Action or Tools menu. You can find it located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window.
  3. When the drop-down menu appears, select Internet options.
  4. The Internet Options dialog should now be displayed, overlaying your main browser window.
  5. Then click on the General tab, if it is not already selected.
  6. Towards the bottom is the Browsing history section, containing two buttons labeled Delete… and Settings along with an option labeled Delete browsing history on exit.
  7. Disabled by default, this option instructs IE11 to remove your browsing history as well as any other private data components.
  8. To enable this option, simply place a checkmark next to it by clicking on the empty box. Next, click on the Delete… button.

Once you are done configuring these options to your liking, click on the History tab. IE 11 stores the URLs of all websites that you have visited, also known as your browsing history. This record does not remain on your hard drive indefinitely, however.

By default, the browser will keep pages in its history for twenty days. You can increase or decrease this duration by modifying the value provided, either by clicking on the up/down arrows or by manually entering the desired number of days in the editable field.

Delete web History from Mozilla Firefox

As the evolutionary progress of the modern web browser continues to move forward, so does the amount of information that gets left behind on your device after a browsing session. Whether it be a record of the websites you’ve visited or details about your file downloads, a significant amount of personal data remains on your hard drive once you close the browser.

Steps to clear Web History:

First, open your browser. Click on the Firefox menu, represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window. When the pop-out menu appears, select Options.

Privacy Options

Firefox’s Options dialog should now be displayed. First, click on the Privacy icon. Next, locate the History section. The first option found in the History section is labeled Firefox will and is accompanied by a drop-down menu with the following three choices.

  • Remember history: When selected, Firefox records a log of all of your browsing history.
  • Never remember history: When selected, Firefox does not record any browsing history whatsoever.
  • Use custom settings for history: Allows you to customize a number of Firefox’s history-related settings, detailed below.

The next option is labeled as clear your recent history.

Clear All History

The Clear All History dialog window should now be displayed. The first section in this window, labeled Time range to clear, is accompanied by a drop-down menu and allows you clear private data from the following pre-defined time intervals: 

  • Everything (default option)
  • Last Hour
  • Last Two Hours
  • Today
  • Last Four Hours

The second section lets you specify which data components will be deleted. Before moving forward, it is imperative that you fully understand what each one of these items is before deleting anything.

They are as follows:

  • Browsing & Download History: Firefox maintains a record of the names and URLs of all web pages that you visit, as well as a log of all files that you download through the browser.
  • Form & Search History: When you enter information such as your name and address into a Web form, Firefox will save it locally – utilizing it to auto-populate these fields in subsequent sessions. Meanwhile, when you enter keywords in the browser’s search bar, that data is also stored on your hard drive for future use. Mozilla has chosen to group these two components together when it comes to deleting them.
  • Cookies: Websites use cookies to store user-specific preferences, login credentials and more in the form of small text files.
  • Cache: Cache consists of temporary files that are used to speed up page load times on ensuing visits. These can range from image files to entire Web pages.
  • Active Logins: When selected, you will be automatically logged out of any sites that you are currently logged into.
  • Offline Website Data: Some websites may choose to keep files on your hard drive that can facilitate the use of the site even when an Internet connection is not available. These files are classified as offline website data.
  • Site Preferences: Firefox also stores certain settings, such as the allowance of pop-up windows, specific to individual websites. These preferences can also be deleted if you so desire.

Each item that is accompanied by a checkmark is counted for deletion. Ensure that you have the desired options checked (and unchecked). To complete the removal process, click on the Clear Now button.

Delete Browsing History from Safari

Safari saves your browsing history and also permits websites to store a variety of data components on your hard drive. These items, some of which are detailed below, are used to improve your future browsing experience by speeding up page load times, reducing the amount of typing required. Safari groups a number of these items into a category titled Website Data.

Its contents are as follows.

  • Browsing history: Each time you visit a website, Safari stores a record of each page’s name and URL.
  • Cache: Used to speed up page loads on subsequent visits, the cache is comprised of image files and other Web page components.
  • Cookies: Messages passed from a Web server to Safari, cookies are stored on your hard drive in the form of small text files used on future visits to identify you and customize your browsing experience. Login credentials and other private data are also sometimes stored in cookies.
  • Download History: Each time a file is downloaded through the browser, Safari stores a record containing the file name, size and date/time of download.
  • Local Storage: Allows sites coded with HTML5 to store Web application data locally without having to utilize cookies, greatly improving performance in some instances.

To view which websites have stored data on your hard drive.

Go for the following steps:

First click on Safari, located in the browser’s main menu at the top of your screen. When the drop-down menu appears, select Preferences. You can also utilize the following keyboard shortcut in lieu of the previous two steps: COMMAND + COMMA(,)

Safari’s Preferences interface should now be displayed. Click on the Privacy icon. Safari’s Privacy preferences are now visible. In this step, we are going to concentrate on the section labeled x websites store cookies or other data. This data is accompanied by a button labeled Details. To see each site that has stored information on your hard drive, along with the type of data stored click on the Details button.

A list of each individual site that has stored data on your hard drive should now be displayed. Directly below each site’s name is a summary of the type of data that has been stored.

This screen not only allows you to scroll through the list or search it using keywords but also provides the ability to delete stored data on a site-by-site basis. To delete a particular site’s data from your Mac’s hard drive, first select it from the list. Next, click on the button labeled Remove.

Manually Delete History and Private Data

Now that we have shown you how to delete stored data on an individual site basis, it’s time to discuss clearing all of it from your hard drive at once. There are multiple ways to accomplish this, and they are as follows.

Remove browsing history and website data by time period: 

Perhaps you only want to remove data that has been stored over the past hour or a couple of days. Safari allows for this, letting you choose from four different time intervals before clearing this information from your hard drive.

To take this approach click on Safari, located in the browser’s main menu at the top of your screen. When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Clear History and Website Data.

A dialog window should now be visible, offering the following options: the last hour, today, today and yesterday, and all history. To delete history and website data from one of these time periods, first, select the desired option and then click on the Clear History button.

Remove all browsing history and website data: 

If you had like to delete all history and website data. Regardless of when it was stored, then this is the route to take. There are a couple of different ways to achieve this, in addition to selecting the all history option.

The first is via the individual website data details dialog, discussed above. Instead of selecting the Remove button, simply click on Remove All.

The second method is found in the Privacy preferences screen, in the form of a button labeled Remove All Website Data. All the paths essentially achieve the same result.

Always use caution when deleting everything in one fell swoop, as your future browsing experience may be directly affected in many cases. It is imperative that you fully understand what you are removing before taking this action.

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