How to delete previous addresses from the address box

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How to delete previous addresses from the address box
A web browser address bar. (Internet - eingabefeld Internet http://www image by pmphoto from Fotolia.com)

Your computer records information about each website you visit. One benefit from this is address prediction, which can save you time by displaying the rest of a website address as you type. Sometimes you may prefer that your computer not predict addresses based on the sites you visit. You can stop this in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome by deleting your browser history. You can also remove individual addresses from address prediction in Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the web browser.

  2. 2

    Begin to type the website you wish to remove from the browser's history in the address bar until you see the website listed.

  3. 3

    Highlight the website by using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

  4. 4

    Press the "Delete" key to remove that specific site from the address bar. This does not change your browsing history.

  1. 1

    Click the "Tools" menu at the top of an Internet Explorer window.

  2. 2

    Click "Internet Options." This opens a window.

  3. 3

    Click the "Delete" button in the "Browsing history" section of the window. This opens another window.

  4. 4

    Check the box next to "History." Ensure that the other boxes are not checked unless you want to delete additional browsing information as well.

  5. 5

    Select "Everything" in the drop-down box next to "Clear data from this period" if it is not already selected.

  6. 6

    Click the "Delete" button.

  7. 7

    Click "OK" in the "Internet Options" window to return to using Internet Explorer.

  1. 1

    Open Firefox.

  2. 2

    Click "Tools" at the top of the window.

  3. 3

    Click "Clear Recent History." This opens a new window. If you are using a version of Firefox earlier than 3.5, click "Clear Private Data" instead of "Clear Recent History."

  4. 4

    Check the box next to "Browsing & Download History." Ensure that the other boxes are unchecked unless you want to delete that data as well.

  5. 5

    Select "Everything" in the drop-down menu next to "Time range to clear."

  6. 6

    Click the "Clear Now" button. This closes the "Clear Recent History" window.

  1. 1

    Click the wrench icon toward the top-right portion of your screen.

  2. 2

    Highlight "Tools." A set of options will pop out.

  3. 3

    Click "Clear browsing data." This opens a window.

  4. 4

    Check the box next to "Clear browsing history." Ensure that the other boxes are all unchecked unless you want to delete other browsing data as well.

  5. 5

    Click the "Clear browsing data" button. This closes the "Clear Browsing Data" window.

Tips and warnings

  • If you remove specific addresses in Internet Explorer or Firefox, remember that specific locations within a website may still be saved for address prediction. For instance, if you remove "www.example.com", the address bar may still predict "www.example.com/page1" if you visited that section of the site.

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