How to Delete Your History and Other Private Data in IE7

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Internet Explorer 7 was released in 2008 with Windows Vista. The last version of IE7 to retain a security update — an embedded version for point-of-sale systems — reached end-of-life in 2016. This browser is no longer supported and is considered unsafe. Upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge, or to a different vendor's browser, to protect your computer from malware and exploits.

We retain the content of this article, despite its age, for people who still use very old equipment or out-of-date operating systems.

As you browse the internet with Internet Explorer, every website you visit is logged in the history section, passwords are saved, and other private data is stored away by Internet Explorer. Delete this information if you no longer want IE to save it.

These instructions are for Internet Explorer 7; however, you can also delete your history if you are using IE8, IE9, IE11, and Edge.

Instructions for Deleting Internet Explorer 7 Browsing History

Open Internet Explorer 7 and follow these steps:

  1. Click the Tools menu, located at the far right-hand side of your browser's Tab Bar.
  2. When the drop-down menu appears, choose the Delete Browsing History option to open the Delete Browsing History window.
  3. Click Delete all to remove everything listed or choose the delete button next to any of the sections you want to remove.

Items to Remove

Temporary internet files: The first section in this window deals with temporary internet files. Internet Explorer stores images, multimedia files, and even full copies of websites that you have visited in an effort to reduce load time on your next visit to that same page. To remove all of these temporary files from your hard drive, click the button labeled Delete files.

Cookies: When you visit certain websites, a text file is placed on your hard drive that the site uses to store user-specific settings and other information. This cookie is referenced by the respective site each time you return in order to provide a customized experience or to retrieve your login credentials. To remove all Internet Explorer cookies from your hard drive, click Delete cookies.

Browsing history: The third section in the Delete Browsing History window deals with history. Internet Explorer records and stores a list of all websites that you visit. To remove this list of sites, click Delete history.

Form data: The next part pertains to form data, which is information that you've entered into forms. For example, you may have noticed when filling out your name in a form that after typing the first letter or two, your entire name populates in the field. That happens because IE stored your name from an entry in a previous form. Although this feature can be convenient, it can also lead to privacy problems. Remove this information with the Delete forms button.

Passwords: The fifth and final section is for deleting saved passwords. When you enter a password on a website, like your email login, Internet Explorer will usually ask if you want it to remember the password for the next time you're logging in. To remove these saved passwords from IE7, click Delete passwords.

How to Delete Everything at Once

At the bottom of the Delete Browsing History window is a Delete all button. Use this option to remove everything mentioned above. 

Located directly under this question is an optional checkbox called Also delete files and settings stored by add-ons. Some browser add-ons and plug-ins might store similar information like Internet Explorer does, such as form data and passwords. Use this button to remove that information from your computer.