Delete your history in less than 5 seconds – in any browser

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Sometimes it’s nice to know how to do things really quickly on your computer. And sometimes you might need to delete your browser history (the list of all the websites you’ve visited in a certain period of time).

delete browser history


Why would you need to delete your browser history? Lots of reasons. Maybe you’re shopping for a Christmas or birthday gift and you don’t want your spouse to see that you’ve been visiting some jewelry websites. Maybe you borrowed a friend’s computer and you don’t want your web history mixed in with his. Or how about this – you’re writing a novel that includes some terrorists or a serial killer, and you’re researching “how to kill someone and not get caught” – that’s not really a Google search that you want your spouse to stumble across, right?

Whatever your reason is for needing to delete your browser history, that’s your business. What I’m explaining today is how to do that as quickly as possible, no matter what web browser you’re using. That’s the thing – when you try to do this by the “regular” way, each web browser has a different process. You have to find the History section in the toolbar or the drop-down menu, then you have to get to the spot where you can clear the history, and these things are different in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Here’s the simple way to clear your browser history:

  1. Open your web browser
  2. Click CTRL + SHIFT + DELETE
  3. Clear history

In Chrome, when you hold down Ctrl and Shift and tap the Delete button, you get this window:

Chrome browser history


That drop-down menu gives you the option to clear your history for the last hour, the last day, the last week, the last 4 weeks, or the entire browser history.

In Firefox, that keyboard combination gives you this window:

Firefox browser history


As you can see very similar and pretty intuitive. For Internet Explorer, also similar (but you don’t really still use Internet Explorer, do you?):

Internet Explorer history


So whatever your reason, now you know how to very quickly get in and delete your browser history.

And before I get a bunch of email – yes, there are ways of searching the internet via one of the above-mentioned browsers, and have it not record any of the history in the first place. That’s a different tip for a different day.

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Dustin Pease
March 20th, 2017

Scott……..Actually I do use Internet Explorer – for one reason. With Chrome I can’t open files (pictures) attached to incoming email. With Internet Explorer I can.

Scott Johnson
March 20th, 2017

Interesting. Is that for your rocketmail account?
Ironically, that fact for me would be another reason to use Chrome. I almost never open email attachments since they are still one of the top ways of distributing a virus. So it sounds like Chrome is protecting you from that, whereas Internet Explorer is not.

March 20th, 2017

I am an old dog, but STILL learning new tricks. This is another one I did not know. Thanks.

Kenneth Reynolds
March 20th, 2017

Over the past two years, I have used CCleaner to delete browsing history, and then follow that up with running the built in Disk Cleaner. Is all this necessary? What are temporary internet files?

Scott Johnson
March 20th, 2017

Those things usually don’t hurt, but they aren’t really necessary. The increase in performance is negligible.