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 visit the same websites over and over again. What if you don’t want your PC remembering the sites that you visit? What if you’d like to delete Windows 10 browser history? Doing so is pretty easy.
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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.
Here’s how to delete your Windows 10 browser history in both Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
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. You can also tap or click on All Apps 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 above. They should tap or click on the Menu button in the top-left of their display then select All Apps. Microsoft Edge should be on the list.
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.
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. If you don’t see it, select All apps and look for it under Windows Accessories.
Tap or click on the Delete… button. Don’t select the Delete Browsing History checkbox 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 checkbox 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.
Note that Windows 10 syncs browser history across devices. Just because you delete your browser history here doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s gone from another device that you’ve signed into with your Microsoft Account.