How to delete browsing history on Windows 7? (And Windows 8)

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Your browsing history keeps track of all the websites that you visit. If you want to know how to delete the browsing history on Windows 7, then follow a few short instructions.

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How to delete browsing history on Windows 7

Every browser on your system has a browsing history, so you should know how to delete the browsing history in each of them.
So, if you know how to delete the browsing history on Windows 7, you also know how to do it on Vista, MAC, XP or any other system.

How to delete browsing history in Internet Explorer

1. Step Open “Tools” and select “Internet Options” at the bottom:
Internet Explorer: Tools - Internet Options

2. Step Click on “Delete”:

Internet Explorer: Delete Browsing History

3. Step If you only want to delete the browsing history go ahead and uncheck all options except “History”. If you want to get rid of other temporary internet files, your cookies or saved passwords, you can do that here as well:

Internet Explorer: Delete Browsing History on Windows 7

How to delete browsing history in Firefox

1. Step Open “Tools” and click on “Clear Recent History”:
Firefox: Clear Recent Browsing History

Shortcut: CTRL + Shift + Del

2. Step Next, make sure to expand the options by clicking on “Details”. Uncheck all entries except “Browsing & download history”. If you don’t, you will also delete ALL of your passwords and login form details that firefox automatically stores.

From the dropdown field select “Everything” to delete your full browsing history or select a time range:

Clear Recent History in Firefox

How to delete browsing history in Opera

1. Step Go to “Tools” and select “Delete private date”:
Opera: Tools delete private data

2. Step Tick “Clear history of visited pages” and untick all other items:
Clear Recent History of visited pages in Opera

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How to delete Cookies on Windows 7? (Internet Explorer, Firefox Opera)

Windows 8

If you are on Windows 8 you can also delete the browsing history in the same way – the browser still use the same paths


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One Response to How to delete browsing history on Windows 7? (And Windows 8)

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    e said:

    looking for how to delete recent and history when hovering over a program. like start/programs/nero/videos recently played in nero showtime. windows7.

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