How to Find Recent Internet Searches

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How to Find Recent Internet Searches
Find recent--and old--Internet searches. (laptop image by Angie Lingnau from

Internet users spend a lot of time researching different subjects through search engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing. If you've recently searched for something and need to pull those Web pages up--or you're doing a little bit of snooping--there is a way to locate past Internet searches. Locate certain files on your computer to access recent Internet searches, as well as viewed Web pages, Web images and even downloaded Internet content.

Skill level:


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    Click the "Start" button in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.

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    Select "Control Panel" from the Start menu. For older computers--Windows XP and older--click on "Disk Cleanup" from "All Programs" of the Start menu.

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    Double-click on "Internet Options," then select the "General" tab. For older computers, click on "Temporary Internet Files."

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    Click on "View" or "Open" to open the files--this is for both new and older computers.

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    Click on the folders that open in a new window. In the folders, find all of the searches, Web content, videos or music ever viewed/opened on that computer. Click on each of the folders to view the web content.

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    Hold down the control key along with the letter "H" (Ctrl + H).

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    Look to the left of the screen. On the left side of the screen are Internet searches performed on the computer and arranged in order from Today to Last Week.

  3. 3

    Click on "Today" to view the different Web pages and searches. Continue to click on the different dates to view different pages and searches.

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