How to Delete Recent Searches on the Web

by Ian Moore
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Whenever a search is performed on the Internet, it is recorded in the browser's history. This is beneficial if you want to check recent searches and websites that were viewed within the last week. However, if there are multiple users who access your computer, you may want to delete your search history. This protects your privacy by preventing other people from knowing the most recent content that you visited. This does mean, however, that you will not be able to use the history to find a website again if you forgot to bookmark it.

Step 1

Open your web browser. It is possible to delete recent searches in Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and other browsers.

Step 2

View your web browser's options by clicking "Tools," then "Options" in Mozilla Firefox, "Tools," then "Internet Options" in Internet Explorer, or "History" in Safari. Other browsers will have similar wording.

Click the "Privacy" tab in Mozilla Firefox and select "Clear Recent History," then "Clear Now." In Internet Explorer, click "Delete" under "Browsing History." Click to place a check mark in the "History" box, click "Delete," then select "Clear Now" in the Safari "History" menu.


  • You can choose to delete history within the last hour, two hours, three hours, four hours, or the entire day in some browsers.
  • Press "Ctrl" and "H" to access Mozilla Firefox history easily.


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About the Author

Ian Moore is a student pursuing an associate degree in music and holds a bachelor's degree in English. Moore has been a writer for more than 10 years. He holds a TESOL certification and has taught English abroad. Moore has published work for Transitions Abroad.

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