How to Check What Has Been Viewed on a Computer

Updated April 17, 2017

If you want to see what's been viewed on a computer or if you want to find a website that you visited, but can't quite remember the name of, you'll need to check your computer's history and cookies folders. These are where the information about a computer user's Internet whereabouts are kept. Some people say these folders contain the user's "footprints." The footprints aren't hard to find. All it takes is a few mouse clicks and you're there.

Open your Web browser and click on the "Favorites, Feeds and History" tab. Internet Explorer's tab is indicated by a yellow star.

Click on the "History" tab. There should be a list of items arranged either by "Date," "Site," "Most Visited" or "Visited Today."

Click on each of these items to see what's been viewed on the computer.

If the history has been deleted, click on "Tools" and a drop-down menu will appear. Click on "Internet Options."

On the "Internet Options" screen, click on "Settings" under "Browsing history."

Click on "View files" to display the cookies on the computer. Cookies are pieces of information from websites that a computer saves to make loading the information faster. You can click on these items to see what they are.

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