How to disable & delete the browsing history in Google Chrome

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How to disable & delete the browsing history in Google Chrome
You can disable or delete web browsing history using tools included in Google Chrome. (Patrik Stollarz/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

By default, the Google Chrome web browser records information about all the websites that you visit. This can help to speed up your browsing because your computer already has information stored about frequently visited sites. However, for reasons of privacy and security, especially if you're using a public computer, you may want to remove your browsing data. You can also choose not to record the data in the first place. Both of these tasks are quite straightforward using tools built into Google Chrome.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Disable browsing history by clicking the "Customise and control Google Chrome" button. The button symbol has the shape of three horizontal bars forming a square and is in the top right-hand corner of the browser window. Click the "New incognito window" from the drop down menu. This opens a new window from which searches are not recorded.

  2. 2

    Delete browsing history by clicking the "Customise and control Google Chrome" button. From the drop-down menu that appears, select "History," then from the next window, click "Clear browsing data." A pop-up menu appears with options for which data to delete and how long into the past you want to remove browsing information.

  3. 3

    Tick the options you want and then press the "Clear browsing data" button. If you've ticked the option "the beginning of time," all your browsing data will be deleted.

Tips and warnings

  • You can check that you are surfing in "Incognito" mode by looking for a symbol in the top left-hand corner of your browser page. If there is a cartoon representation of a man with a hat, turned up collar and sunglasses, you are in "Incognito" mode.
  • Open a new "Incognito" window with the shortcut keys "Control+Shift+N."

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