It's Easy to Clear Your Internet Explorer History With 6 Easy Steps

Delete your web browsing data to keep your web habits private

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Internet Explorer, like most browsers, keeps track of the websites you've visited so that you can easily find them again or so that it can auto-suggest websites for you when you start typing them in the navigation bar.

Fortunately, you can remove this information if you no longer want your history to be visible. Maybe you share your computer with others or you just want to clear away those old website links.

No matter your reasoning, it's really easy to clear out your history in Internet Explorer:

How to Delete Your History in Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer.

    Internet Explorer home screenshot
  2. At the very top-right corner of the program, select the gear icon to open a menu.

    Internet Explorer settings menu screenshot

    The Alt+X hotkey works too.

  3. Choose Safety and then Delete browsing history...

    Internet Explorer settings safety screenshot

    You can also get to the next step by hitting the Ctrl+Shift+Del keyboard shortcut. If you have the menu visible in Internet Explorer, Tools > Delete browsing history... will take you there too.

  4. In the Delete Browsing History window that appears, make sure History is selected.

  5. Select Delete.

    Clear browsing data in Internet Explorer screenshot
  6. When the Delete Browsing History window closes, you can continue using Internet Explorer, close it out, etc. - all the history has been deleted.

The Delete Browsing History window is also where you can clear the Internet Explorer cache to get rid of other temporary files stored by IE, as well as remove saved passwords, form data, etc. You can select any other item from this list if you want, but History is the only option needed to remove your history.

More Information on Clearing History in IE

If you're using an older version of Internet Explorer, these steps won't be exactly the same for you but they will be similar. Consider updating Internet Explorer to the latest version.

CCleaner is a system cleaner that can delete the history in Internet Explorer too, as well as the history stored in other web browsers you might use.

You can avoid having to clear your history by browsing the internet privately through Internet Explorer. You can do this by using InPrivate Browsing: Open IE, go to the menu button, and navigate to Safety > InPrivate Browsing, or hit the Ctrl+Shift+P keyboard shortcut.

Everything you do within that browser window is kept secret in regards to your history, which means that nobody can go through your visited websites and there's no need to clear the history when you're done; just exit the window when you're finished.