How to Delete Old Addresses From an Address Bar

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How to Delete Old Addresses From an Address Bar
Protect your privacy by deleting old URLs from your browser address bar. (computer image by blaine stiger from Fotolia.com)

URL addresses you open in a Web browser will remain inside the address bar located at the top of the browser window. You may wish to delete old addresses from the address bar if you no longer visit those websites or if you want to keep your internet use private. Both internet Explorer and Firefox allow you to search for and remove single URL addresses from an address bar.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

    Firefox

  1. 1

    Open Firefox.

  2. 2

    Click the downward-facing arrow positioned on the far right portion of the address bar. URLs will become visible inside a drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Scroll down the drop-down menu until you locate the URL you want to delete from the Firefox address bar. Place your cursor over the URL.

  4. 4

    Press the "Shift" and "Delete" keys on the computer's keyboard. The old URL will be removed from the address bar.

  5. 5

    Repeat Steps 2 through 4 to remove more URLs from the address bar.

    Internet Explorer

  1. 1

    Open internet Explorer.

  2. 2

    Click the downward-facing arrow located on the far right part of the address bar. A list of URLs will become visible inside a drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Scroll down the list of addresses until you locate the URL you wish to delete. Place your cursor over the URL. When you do, a red "X" will appear to the right side of that URL.

  4. 4

    Click the "X." The URL will be deleted from the address bar.

  5. 5

    Repeat Steps 2 through 4 until you're done deleting URLs.

Tips and warnings

  • Firefox 3.6.3 and internet Explorer 8.0 were referenced in this piece.

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