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How to view and delete browsing history on Internet explorer

Updated February 21, 2017

Being able to view your browsing history online is convenient if you don't want to type URLs for your favorite sites into your browser over and over again. Internet Explorer allows you to view the most recent Web sites you have visited and click on those sites to go back to them. You can tell Internet Explorer how long you want those Web sites saved and you can also delete them. Deleting your browsing history is the best way to keep your Internet travels a secret if you are sharing a computer.

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  1. Enter Internet Explorer from your computer.

  2. Go to the URL window at the top of the browser and click on the downward-pointing arrow.

  3. View the list of Web sites that you have recently visited. If you want to go back to any of them, click on that site and you will be taken there.

  4. Click on 'Tools' on the Internet Explorer toolbar.

  5. Select 'Delete Browsing History.'

  6. Find the 'History' heading and click on the 'Delete History' button.

  7. Click 'Yes' when asked if you are sure you want to do this.

  8. Hit the 'Close' button. Your browsing history is now deleted. Check it by clicking on the downward-pointing arrow on the address field at the top of the screen. You should be presented with an empty box.

  9. Tip

    If you have further questions regarding how to view and delete your browsing history on Internet Explorer, you can find the answers you are looking for on its thorough FAQs page (see Resources below). Having enough memory on your computer is essential to running Internet Explorer. You have to have 64 MB of RAM at a minimum or Internet Explorer will not work. A Pentium processor will help Internet Explorer run more swiftly, though this is not an absolute requirement for operating the program. Internet Explorer comes equipped with a parental control feature that allows parents to determine what sort of content their children can and can not see when they use the Internet. This feature can be password protected so that no one else can go in and change your settings.


    Internet Explorer 7.0 was used to prepare these steps. If you are using another version of Internet Explorer, these steps may not apply to your browser.

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Things You'll Need

  • Internet Explorer
  • Computer
  • Working access to the Internet

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