How To Delete Your Browser History

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How To Delete Your Browser History

Your web browser by default tracks every website you visit and every page you visit on each website. Besides the paranoid tin-foil hat-wearing reasons, there are actually some technical reasons why you may want to clear out your browser cache. If you are having some problems with a web page, it just isn’t appearing correctly, or it is just glitchy, then clearing your cache may help.

For the tin-foil hat-wearing people, a browser will hold your history indefinitely in the event you need to find your way back to a perhaps-forgotten corner of the internet you visited once upon a time. The reality is, it can be used against you by significant others, friends, coworkers, teachers, and even the authorities.

How To Delete Your Chrome History

To delete all of your Chrome history, follow the steps below. Once deleted, your website history log will be cleared and previously-visited websites will no longer appear in your Chrome history.

  1. Open your Chrome browser
  2. Click the tree dots (kebab menu)
  3. Click More Tools
  4. Click Clear Browsing Data
  5. Select “All Time”
  6. Check “Browsing history”
  7. Check “Cached images and files”
  8. Click Clear Data

If you want more control over what you are deleting, you can click on the advanced tab, there you will have a more granular selection of what you can delete.

How To Delete Your Mozilla Firefox History

To delete all of your Firefox history, follow the steps below. Once deleted, your website history log will be cleared and previously-visited websites will no longer appear in your Firefox history.

  1. Open your Firefox browser
  2. Click the tree lines (hamburger menu)
  3. Click Options
  4. Search for Cache
  5. Click Clear Data
  6. Check “Cookies and Site Data
  7. Check “Cached Web Content”
  8. Click Clear

How To Delete Your Microsoft Edge History

To delete all of your Edge history, follow the steps below. Once deleted, your website history log will be cleared and previously-visited websites will no longer appear in your Edge history.

  1. Open your Edge browser
  2. Click the tree dots (kebab menu)
  3. Click History
  4. Click the tree dots in the popup menu
  5. Click Clear Browsing Data
  6. Select “All Time”
  7. Check “Browsing history”
  8. Check “Download history”
  9. Check “Cached images and files”
  10. Click Clear Now

How To Delete Your Internet Explorer History

To delete all of your IE history, follow the steps below. Once deleted, your website history log will be cleared and previously-visited websites will no longer appear in your IE history.

  1. Open your IE browser
  2. Click on settings (Gear in the upper right corner)
  3. Click on the General tab
  4. In the Browsing History section
  5. Click the Delete button
  6. Check “Temporary Internet files and website files”
  7. Check “History”
  8. Check “Download History”
  9. Click the Delete button

How To Delete Your Opera History

  1. Open your Opera browser
  2. Click the tree lines (settings menu)
  3. Scroll down
  4. Under Privacy & Security
  5. Click the Clear button
  6. Check “Browsing History”
  7. Check “Cached images and files”
  8. Click the Clear data button

TYPE OF INFO

WHAT GETS DELETED

Browsing History

The list of sites you've visited, including your frequently visited sites

Cookies and other site Data


Website files which store your information for those sites, such as sign-ins and locations

Cached data and files


copies of web pages, images and such, that are kept to speed up page loading

Download History


list of files you've downloaded (This doesn't affect the actual downloaded files.)

Form Data

Information you regularly enter into forms

Autofill form data

Data the will auto populate (forms or URL/Search line)

Passwords

Sites passwords that you've saved

Media Licenses

PlayReady / Digital Rights management content licenses

Pop-Up Exceptions

The list of websites you allow to use pop-ups

Location Permissions

The list of websites you allow to know your current location

Full-Screen Permissions

The list of websites you allow to open in Full Screen

Compatibility Permissions

The list of websites you allow to automatically open in IE (Internet Explorer)

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Welcome to the Average Joe Weekly blog. This is basically my place on the web where I can help spread some of the knowledge that I have accumulated over the years. I served 10+ years in the Marine Corps on Active Duty, but that was some 25 years ago.

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