How to Completely Delete Search History

by ContributorUpdated May 13, 2020
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Your search history is saved by the browser to speed up queries and give you results that you click more often. The search history is saved in the browser's cache, so some people delete the search history for better privacy. If you sell your computer or give it away to someone else, you may want to delete the browser's search history to protect your privacy.

Internet Explorer (IE)

Open Internet Explorer. With the software opened, press "Control-Shift-Delete" on your keyboard. This opens a new window. Check the boxes labeled "Browsing history," "Cookies and saved website data," "Cached data and files" and "Tabs I've set aside or recently closed."

Clearing browsing data in Internet Explorer.

Click "Delete."

Clearing browsing data in Internet Explorer.

Right-click the "Recycle Bin" icon on your Windows desktop. Select "Empty Recycle Bin." This completely deletes the files from your hard drive.

Emptying recycle bin on desktop.

Firefox

Open the Firefox software. From the ribbon at the top, click "History" and select "Clear Recent History" from the drop-down options.

Clearing recent history in Firefox.

Check the boxes next to "Browsing & Download History" and "Form & Search History." Click the "OK" button to delete your history.

Clearing browsing and download history and form and search history in Firefox.

Right-click the "Recycle Bin" icon on your desktop. From the menu, click "Empty Recycle Bin." This completely removes the history files from your hard drive.

Emptying recycle bin on desktop.

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