How to Find Someone's Browsing History

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How to Find Someone's Browsing History
The browsing history will tell you what your child's been working on. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

All the major Web browsing applications save a record of all pages visited by default. By viewing your history, you can find all the sites you've visited and find your way back. Many browsers also use your recent history to guess where you want to go and auto-fill the address bar while you type. However, this browsing history can also be useful if you want to know where someone else has been. From her computer, you can check her browser's history quickly and easily.

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    Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. 1

    Launch Internet Explorer. Click the "Favorites" button from the toolbar. This button will have a star on it.

  2. 2

    Click the "History" tab to bring up a list of Web pages that have been visited.

  3. 3

    Click the drop-down list to sort your history. You can choose to sort by date visited, name of the site, most visited or most recently visited.

    Mozilla Firefox

  1. 1

    Launch Firefox. Click "Firefox" from the top left corner of your window to open the main menu.

  2. 2

    Point your cursor to "History" to expand the submenu and click "Show All History." Users of older Firefox versions can just click the "History" menu and click "Show All History."

  3. 3

    Click groups from the list on the left side of the windows to view history from today, yesterday, the last seven days and so on. Scroll through the list of sites on the right side of the page to view websites visited.

    Google Chrome

  1. 1

    Launch Google Chrome. Click the wrench icon from the top of the window.

  2. 2

    Click "History" to open the Chrome browsing history.

  3. 3

    Scroll through the list of sites to see all the sites that were visited with that browser.

Tips and warnings

  • Users can clear the browser's history to prevent others from seeing where they've been. If the history is blank, and you're using the correct browser, you're likely out of luck.

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