Any web browser you might use to search the Internet – whether it’s Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or the many other options (See this list of browsers) – allows you to view your web browsing history. The browsing history is a list of the sites you’ve visited recently and can be used as an easy way to navigate back to that cooking web site you enjoy visiting so much. For safety purposes, knowing how to clear your browser history is an important step in maintaining your privacy and security, especially on shared computers.
All web browsers have a menu bar or a tool bar at the top of the browser. Your browsing history will usually be found by clicking the “History” button in the tool bar. However, each web browser is slightly different, so let’s focus on how to view and clear your browsing history when using three of the most popular browsers – Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox.
How to View Your Browsing History
Step 1: Find your web browser in the Start menu. Open Internet Explorer on your computer.
Step 2: Open your history. Near the top left corner of the page, click on “Favorites,” then click on the tab “History.”
Step 3: Find the history you want to view. In your “History” bar, select the period of time you would like to search, for example Today or Yesterday or Last Week.
Step 4: Find sites by searching. In the “History” bar, you can click on the word “Search” to look for a specific web site.
Step 5: Use your history to find web sites. Where was the web site with the great workout tips for seniors? Click any of the links to navigate to that web page.
Step 6: Finish by closing your browser. When you’re finished viewing your browsing history, click the “Close” button, which usually looks like an X.
How to Delete Your Browsing History:
Step 1: Find options for your history in the Tools menu. Click on “Tools” in your Internet Explorer toolbar at the top of your browser.
Step 2: Use Tools to delete your history. Select “Delete Browsing History.”
Step 3: Delete previously browsed web sites. The box will appear, and then click “Delete History.”
Step 4: Finish by closing the tools menu. Click “OK” to close the Delete History box, and say goodbye to all of the sites you don’t want anyone to know you were looking at.
How to View Your Browsing History:
Step 1: Find your web browser in the Start menu. Open your Safari web browser on your computer.
Step 2: Open your browsing history. Click “History” in the menu bar at the top of your screen to view a list of the last 10 pages you’ve visited in a pull-down menu. There will also be a list of dates (e.g., Thursday, July 1, 2010) that, when you scroll over them with your arrow icon, will bring you to the browsing history for that particular day.
Step 3: Use your browser to see which sites you’ve visited. By moving the cursor/arrow over one of the dates, you’ll be able to view the entire history from that day. There is also an option to “Show All History.”
Step 4: Find and return to a web site using your browser history. Click on any of the links to navigate to that page.
How to Delete Browsing History:
Step 1: Open your browsing history. Select “History” in your Safari menu bar.
Step 2: Delete previously viewed web sites. Scroll down to “Clear History,” which is at the bottom of the pull-down menu. Click on “Clear History” to erase your browsing history, and you’re done!
How to View Your Browsing History
Step 1: Find your web browser in the Start menu. Open your Firefox web browser on your computer.
Step 2: Open your browsing history. Click “History” in the menu bar at the top of your screen to view a pull-down menu list of the last 10 web pages you’ve visited. If you scroll down to “Recently Closed Tabs or Recently Closed Windows, you’ll see the last 10 web sites you’ve visited.
Step 3: Find all web sites you’ve visited. You can also select “Show All History” to view browsing histories from past dates.
How to Delete Your Browsing History
Step 1: Open the Tools menu. Select Tools in your Firefox menu bar.
Step 2: Delete your browser history. Scroll down to “Clear Recent History,” which is at the bottom of the pull -down menu. Click on it in order to erase your browsing history.
Now that you’ve mastered how to view and delete your browser history, check out how to delete cookies.