How to Delete Address Bar Entries That Won't Go Away
By Randall Blackburn
Your Web browser remembers your recently visited Web pages, not only in the browser history, but also in the address bar. You can click the downward-pointing arrow in the address bar to view all of the saved URLs. The saved URLs can disclose your browsing history to an observer. To keep your browsing behavior private, delete the address bar URLs along with your browsing history entries by performing a complete clearing of your browser's history.
Clear Address Bar Entries and History in Internet Explorer
Open Internet Explorer, and then click the “Tools” option on the top navigation bar to display the Tools menu.
Hover over the “Safety” option to see the Safety submenu.
Click the “Delete Browsing History” option. The Browsing History dialog box opens.
Check the check boxes in front of the “Temporary Internet Files and Website Files” and the “History” options.
Click the “Delete” button. The URLs are removed from the IE address bar.
Clear Address Bar Entries and History in Firefox
Open Firefox, and then click the “Firefox” button on the top navigation bar to display the Firefox menu.
Hover over the “History” option to display the History menu.
Click the “Clear Recent History” option to open the Clear Recent History dialog box.
Click the “Time Range to Clear” drop-down box, and then click the desired option. You can clear history for the last hour, last few hours, today or you can delete everything saved.
Click the downward pointing arrow next to the “Details” label. The Details dialog box opens.
Check the check marks next to each entry to clear. Make sure that the “Browsing & Download History” option is checked. Click the “Clear Now” button. All specified history is deleted.
Clear Address Bar Entries and History in Google Chrome
Open Google Chrome, and then click the “Chrome Menu” icon on the top navigation bar. The Chrome Menu displays.
Click the “Tools” option. The Tools dialog box opens.
Click the “Options” link to open the Options window.
Click the tab labeled “Under the Hood.” The Under the Hood dialog box opens.
Click the “Clear Browsing Data” option. Your browsing history and saved URLs are deleted.
In Firefox, you can also press and hold the “CTRL,” “SHIFT” and “Delete” buttons together to display the Clear History dialog box.
Information provided in this article applies to Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 21 and all versions of Google Chrome.
Randall Blackburn has worked for several Fortune 1000 companies as a technical writer over the past seven years. He has produced a wide variety of technical documentation, including detailed programming specifications and research papers. Randall has also acquired several years' experience writing web content. Randall lives and works in Austin, TX.