How to Delete Your History and Other Private Data in IE7

Remove Internet Explorer 7 History and Other Private Data

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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.

There are many things that internet users may want to keep private, ranging from what sites they visit to what information they enter into online forms. The reasons for this can vary, and in many cases, they may be for a personal motive, security, or something else entirely.

Regardless of what drives the need, it's nice to be able to clear your tracks, so to speak, when you are done browsing. Internet Explorer 7 makes this very easy, letting you clear the private data of your choosing in a few quick and easy steps.

Note: This tutorial is only intended for users running the IE7 browser on Windows operating systems. For instructions relevant for other versions of Internet Explorer, follow these links to IE8, IE9, IE11, and Edge.

Delete Internet Explorer 7 Browsing History

Open Internet Explorer 7 and follow these steps:

  1. Click on 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. You'll be given multiple options.
  3. Click Delete all... to remove everything listed or choose the delete button next to any of the sections you want to remove. Below is an explanation of those settings.

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 is used by the site to store user-specific settings and other information. This cookie is utilized 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. This is because IE stored your name from an entry in a previous form. Although this can be very convenient, it can also become an obvious privacy issue. Remove this information with the Delete forms... button.

Passwords: The fifth and final section is where you can delete saved passwords. When entering 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 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, like form data and passwords. Use this button to remove that information from your computer.