How to Clear Internet Explorer History

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How to Clear Internet Explorer History
Internet Explorer saves a history of sites you visited.

A Web browser saves a history of the sites you visit on the Internet. If you want to delete this history so that others cannot see where you've been, or if you want to stop your browser from suggesting places you have visited in the past when you are conducting searches, clear your history. Clearing the history also frees up some memory and increases Web-browsing efficiency.

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  1. 1

    Launch Internet Explorer.

  2. 2

    Click the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options."

  3. 3

    Click "Delete" under the Browsing History section.

  4. 4

    Click the "History" option and select the "Delete" button to clear the history of websites you have visited.

  5. 5

    Click "OK" to exit the Internet Options dialogue box.

Tips and warnings

  • Delete temporary Internet files while deleting history. This will free up space and make your browser operate more efficiently.
  • The default setting for number of days to keep history in Internet Explorer is 20. You can change this by clicking the "Tools" menu, selecting "Internet Options," choosing settings under Browsing History, then changing the "Days To Keep Pages in History" to a different number.
  • Save your Internet favorites or bookmarks before attempting to clear your history.

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