How to Delete Search History in Firefox

Clear out your browser's log of the sites you visited

Mozilla Firefox retains a record of all searches made from its integrated Search Bar, using those keywords and terms to offer suggestions during subsequent uses of the browser. While this functionality may offer a level of convenience, it can also present an issue on shared computers where others can see your previous searches, which you may prefer to keep private.

This tutorial applies to Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop and laptop PCs with the Firefox browser.

How to Delete Search History from Firefox

When you don't want Firefox to store your past searches, go to the Firefox preferences, and delete your search history.

  1. Select the Firefox menu, represented by three horizontal lines, located in the upper-right corner of the browser window.

    Firefox menu
  2. When the drop-down menu appears, choose Preferences.

    Preferences
  3. The Firefox Preferences tab displays. Select Privacy & Security located in the left menu pane.

    Privacy & Security
  4. Go to the History section and select Clear History.

    Clear History
  5. In the Clear Recent History dialog, choose a Time range to clear from the drop-down menu, and select the items under History you'd like to clear. Select OK to confirm.

    Clear Recent History options