How to Delete the Browsing History on a Mac

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How to Delete the Browsing History on a Mac
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Every time you visit a website, your browser logs this activity. Sometimes, however, you might not want to leave a trace of where you've been. Or after many months, your log of browsed websites might be so substantial that it's slowing your computer's performance. For cases like these, it's possible to clear your browser's history and erase your browsing history. The process is similar to that found on Linux and Windows platforms, and it's simple enough to be finished in under a minute. Once you know how to clear your history, you might wish to do so on a regular basis to avoid excessive log build-up. The process is nearly identical for both Safari and Firefox.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Open "Safari."

  2. 2

    Click on the "History" drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Click "Clear History." Your history has now been deleted.


  1. 1

    Open "Firefox."

  2. 2

    Click "Tools" and then "Clear Recent History."

  3. 3

    Choose how much of your history you want to delete. You might delete "Everything," or if you just want to delete evidence of a recent site visit, you might simply delete the "Last Hour."

  4. 4

    Ensure that "Browsing & Download History" is checked.

  5. 5

    Click "Clear Now." Your "Firefox" browsing history has now been deleted.

Tips and warnings

  • Safari and Firefox store their browsing histories separately. If you want to delete the histories from both, you must do so in each one.

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