How to Delete Search History in Firefox

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

This tutorial is only intended for desktop/laptop users (Linux, Mac, or Windows) running the Firefox browser.

Mozilla Firefox retains a record of all searches made via 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.

How to Delete Search History from Firefox

  1. Open your Firefox browser.

  2. Select the Firefox menu, represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, choose Preferences.

    Firefox main menu
  3. Firefox's Preferences tab should now be displayed. Select the Privacy & Security tab, located to the left of the window.

    Firefox preferences
  4. Press Clear History... in the History section.

    Firefox privacy preferences
  5. The Clear Recent History dialog should now be visible, overlaying your browser window. First, choose a Time range to clear using the drop-down. To clear all of your browsing history, pick Everything.

    Firefox choose duration history clear
  6. That should have opened up the details to let you select which data to clear. If not, press Details to show the options. Ensure that Browsing & Download History remains checked. Otherwise, it's up to you.

    Firefox choose what to clear

    If you do not want to clear any other types of information, remove all other checkmarks found in the list of data components (i.e., cookies, cache).

  7. To delete your search history, press Clear Now. The process should be completed almost immediately.