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How to Clear Internet History - And Why You Would Want To

How to clear internet history depends on the browser you use, I will cover in this article how it is done in the three major browsers used today; Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Before I get into how to clear internet history however, I want to bring up a few reasons why you might want to:

1) Clear up space on your computer. Your browsing history takes up space as pages are cached, cookies are created and other information is stored. If you never delete your internet history these files will build up and eventually have a significant impact on the performance of your computer.

2) Anonymity. For whatever reason you may not want people knowing what internet pages you have been browsing. This can be for a variety of reasons ranging from not wanting a spouse to find out what you bought her for her birthday to hiding the fact that you have been on Facebook all day from your boss!

3) Web development. A little known issue regarding internet history and cache comes up when you are doing web development and making lots of changes to a website you own. After you upload your changes and navigate to your site you may end up seeing the old version instead, which was cached on your computer. Clearing internet history will often eliminate this issue.

How to clear internet history:

Internet Explorer 8:
Click on the "safety" tab, and select "Delete Browsing History" (also accessed by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Del) and ensure the boxes labeled "Temporary Internet Files", "History" and "Cookies" are ticked and push on the "Delete" button. That is really all there is to it!

Firefix 3.6.13:
From the "Tools" menu select "Clear Recent History". When the pop up appears set the time range to clear to "Everything" and ensure the "Cache", "Cookies" and "Browsing & Download History" are ticked. Once those are selected click "Clear Now" and you are finished.

Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench on the right hand side of the task bar and select "Options". Once the pop up appears click on the "Under the Hood" tab and at the top click "Clear Browsing Data". In the next pop up ensure the top 4 boxes are ticked ("Clear browsing history", "clear download history", "empty the cache" and "delete cookies and other side data"). Remember to set the "Clear data from this period" to "Everything" and click on "Clear browsing data" and you are done.

By Simon Friling


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