These days, your browsing history is like your footprint across the internet. Every modern web browser, from Google Chrome to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer lets users go back to a site they’ve been to in the recent past. These histories are built-in because many users frequently visits the same websites over and over again. Keeping track of the sites you visit is your computer’s way of assisting you if you ever need to revisit something and you can’t remember the exact web address. Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11, the two browsers built into Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, both log what sites you visit in the event that you ever need to go back to them again.
Here’s how to delete your Windows 10 browser history from both Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge.
Before we begin, it’s important that you understand what your browser history is and what it isn’t. Your browser history is just a long list of sites that you’ve visited, usually in chronological order. Both Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge track browser history across multiple devices for ease of use.
When you begin to type the name of a site into the address bar and that site shows up automatically, that’s your browser history at work, for example. Deleting your browser history gives you a fresh slate. The next time you go to visit a website after clearing your browser history you’ll need to type the address you’re looking for in full. Your browsing history is not directly tied to Cookies, the bits of code that websites store on your computer to keep track of your log in information and interests. Those can be deleted too, but they’re often a separate setting. Let’s begin.
Delete Your Windows 10 Browser History in Microsoft Edge
Press the Windows Key on your keyboard or the Windows Button on your Taskbar to open the Start Menu.
Find the Microsoft Edge app within your list of installed apps. Chances are that it’s pinned to the Start Menu like in our example. If you’ve gone and customized your Start Menu already you might have unpinned it. If that’s the case, tap or click on All App and select Microsoft Edge from the list of apps and programs you have installed on your machine.
Users of Windows 10 tablets and 2-in-1s should note that their Start Screen might look a bit different from what’s shown here. Tablet Mode might be enabled on those machines. Tap or click on the Menu button in the top-left of your display then select All Apps at the bottom of your display to find Microsoft Edge if it isn’t pinned to your Start experience.
Welcome back to Microsoft Edge. Tap or click on the … button in the toolbar on the right. This button opens up a drop-down menu that hides a ton of options for more experience users who want to tweak their experience.
Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
Look for Clear Browsing Data option. Tap or click on the button labeled Choose What to Clear.
From this menu you can decide what saved content you’d like to get rid of. By default, Browser History, Cookies and saved website data and cached files are selected. If you just want to delete your browser history but keep your logins and other history, make sure only Browsing History is selected.
Ultimately, it’s up to you what you wish to delete. I’d stay away from deleting passwords if you’ve been using Microsoft Edge as a way to keep track of all your logins.
When you’ve made your selections tap or click on Clear.
Delete Your Windows 10 Browser History in Internet Explorer
Open Internet Explorer from the Start Menu or Start Screen.
Now tap or click on the Settings Cog on the far right. This will open a drop-down menu with tons of options.
Tap or click on Internet Options.
The third section from the top of the Internet Options menu is Browsing History. It’s the one place that Internet Explorer keeps settings for all of your content.
Tap or click on the Delete… button. Don’t select the Delete Browsing History check box to the left of this button. If you do, Internet Explorer will delete your history every time you exit, which can be frustrating.
Select the check box next to all of the content that you’d like to delete. The different options are the same as Microsoft Edge. Again, you’ll likely want to stay away from deleting passwords if you’re using Internet Explorer to enter them instead of remembering each one.
That’s it. Good luck deleting your Windows 10 browser history. All told, things should go fairly easy as there’s only one way to delete history for each browser. Do note that Windows 10 syncs browser history across devices. Just because you delete your browser history here doesn’t necessarily mean that its gone from another device that you’ve signed into with your Microsoft Account.