How to find deleted history in windows on internet explorer

Written by andrea griffith
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Some people have the habit of deleting their History on Internet Explorer so no one can see what websites they've visited. Other computers automatically delete the history after a certain amount of days. If you've accidentally deleted your history (or the computer deleted it on its own) and you need to revisit those pages but can't remember the websites--or you're doing a little snooping around--there is a way to pull up the deleted history. Pulling up the deleted history will give you access to every website and Internet page any user on that computer has ever visited.

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    Click on the "Start" button at the lower-left corner of the desktop.

  2. 2

    Double-click on "All Programs" from the Start menu.

  3. 3

    Click on "Accessories."

  4. 4

    Scroll down until you find "Disk Cleanup" and click on it.

  5. 5

    Click on "My Files" then the "(C:)" file from the drop-down box if the choice is given. Many computers will just take you directly to the Cleanup page.

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    Click on the "Temporary Internet Files and Downloaded Files" box to check the box. Then click "View Files."

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    Double-click on each folder that appears. Each folder will contain many (sometimes hundreds) of different Internet files. These files will include: the websites visited, the history, pictures, movies, songs, etc. You will be able to view anything that doesn't require a password to get into. When you open each folder, you can click on the specific website and click "Restore" (or simply double-click) to view it.

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