How to Check My Search History

by Tyson Cliffton

Trolling around on the Internet for hours on end can be a blast. Nothing is worse, however, than not being able to remember that really cool website you visited a few days ago and wanted to show your friends, or not remember the name of that website that you finally decided to put in your research paper. Fortunately, hunting down the information from your browsing history is a simple task, regardless of what browser you are using.

Internet Explorer

1

Open up Internet Explorer and click on "Favorites" in the upper, left-hand corner.

2

Click on the "History" tab. You can search the history, or you can sort the history by date, site, most viewed and sites viewed on the current day.

3

Click the down arrow to the immediate right of the address bar. This will also allow you to view your browser history. Midway down the list the word "History" will appear in light gray with a long line extending out to the right. If you click on "History," your browser history will appear.

Mozilla Firefox

1

Click on the "History" tab in the upper, left-hand corner of the page.

2

Scroll through the brief version of your browser history that drops down.

3

View your entire available browser history by clicking "Show All History" in the drop-down menu.

Google Chrome

1

Click on the "Tools" icon in the upper, right-hand corner.

2

Click on "History."

3

Type a query into the search box at the top of the page to help you find what you are looking for.

Tips

  • check To delete your browser history in Internet Explorer, click on the "Safety" button in the upper, right-hand corner of the page. A dropdown list will appear. Click on "Delete Browsing History." To prevent a browsing session from being logged in Internet Explorer, click "Safety" in the upper, right-hand corner, and click "InPrivate Browsing."
  • check To delete your browser history in Mozilla Firefox, click on "Tools" in the upper, left-hand corner of the screen. A drop-down list will appear. Click on "Clear Recent History." To prevent a browsing session from being logged in Mozilla Firefox, click "Tools" in the upper, left-hand corner, and click "Start Private Browsing."
  • check To delete your browser history in Google Chrome, click on the "Tools" icon in the upper, right-hand corner of the screen. Click "Options." Select the "Under the Hood" tab. Click on "Clear browsing data...." To prevent a browsing session from being logged in Google Chrome, click the "Tools" icon in the upper, right-hand corner, and click "New incognito window."

Warning

  • close There is no way to recover your browser history once you delete it.

About the Author

Tyson Cliffton has been writing professionally since 2001. His work has been published at thealestle.com and KMOX.com. Cliffton earned a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in management and leadership from Webster University.

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