How to Clear Your Search Bar History

Hide your tracks by clearing your browser search bar

Web browsers keep a record of the sites you've visited, so when you begin typing in the search bar, you're able to access the site you want quickly. While this search bar memory is handy, you may want to clear your search bar's history for privacy reasons. Here's a look at how to clear search bar history in Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari.

Google search with search history showing in the search bar

Clear Search Bar History in Firefox

Mozilla's flagship browser has quick methods for deleting your search bar history. Delete sites on a case-by-case basis right from the search bar, or delete your entire search history at once. Delete your search history from Firefox on the desktop or the Firefox mobile app.

Delete Sites on a Case-by-Case Basis on the Desktop

Use this method to delete URLs from your search history one at a time.

  1. Open a Firefox window and begin typing in the address bar.

    Open Firefox window with typing in the address bar.
  2. Use your keyboard's down and up arrows to navigate to the URL you want to delete.

    The URL will disappear from the search bar history.
  3. With the URL highlighted, press Shift + Delete. The URL will disappear from the search bar history.

    Use your keyboard's down and up arrows to navigate to the URL you want to delete.

Delete Your Entire Search History in Firefox on the Desktop

Use this method to wipe your search history clean.

  1. Open a Firefox window and select Library (looks like four books on a shelf) from the top menu bar.

    Open a Firefox window and select Library
  2. Select History.

    Select History.
  3. Select Clear Recent History.

    Select Clear Recent History.
  4. Next to Time range to clear, select Everything from the drop-down menu.

    Select Everything from the drop-down menu.

    Make sure Form & Search History is checked. Deselect anything you don't want to be cleared.

  5. Select OK. You've cleared your search history.

Delete Search History in the Firefox Mobile App

There's no feature for deleting a URL from the search bar in the Firefox mobile app, but it's easy to delete your search history via Firefox's settings.

  1. Tap Menu from the bottom right.

  2. Tap Your Library.

  3. Tap History from the bottom menu.

    Tap Menu, Your Library, and History to delete Firefox search history
  4. Tap Clear Recent History.

  5. Tap Everything to delete your entire search history, or choose The Last Hour, Today, or Today and Yesterday.

  6. If you selected Everything, your search history is erased.

    Tap Clear Recent History and Everything to clear your entire Firefox search history

Delete a Site From Chrome's Search Bar

As you type a search or URL into Chrome's search bar, Chrome offers up suggestions based on your search history. Here's how to remove a previously visited URL from Chrome's search suggestions.

  1. Open a Chrome tab and begin typing in the search bar.

    Open a Chrome tab and begin typing in the search bar.
  2. Use your keyboard's arrow keys or the mouse cursor to navigate to the URL you want to delete.

  3. With the URL highlighted, select the X on the far right.

    With the URL highlighted, select the X on the far right.
  4. You've deleted the URL from your search bar history.

    Learn more about clearing Chrome's search history in our article on managing Google search history and data.

Clear Search History in Microsoft Edge

Edge doesn't let you delete search bar entries individually, but it's easy to clear them all at once.

  1. Open an Edge window and select Settings and more (three dots) from the top right.

    Open an Edge window and select Settings and more (three dots) from the top right.
  2. Select Settings.

    Select Settings.
  3. Select Privacy, Search, and Services.

    Select Privacy, Search, and Services.
  4. Under Clear browsing data, select Choose What to Clear.

    Under Clear browsing data, select Choose What to Clear.
  5. Place a check next to Browsing history and then select Clear Now. You've deleted your search history.

    Place a check next to Browsing history and then select Clear Now.

    Optionally, select Download history, Cookies and other site data, or Cached images and files to delete these items.

Turn off Address Bar Search Suggestions in Edge

If you'd rather Edge didn't offer site suggestions when you're typing a URL or a query, here's how to turn off this feature. When you deactivate this feature, you'll receive search suggestions only from your favorites and search history.

  1. Open an Edge window and select Settings and more (three dots) from the top right.

    Open an Edge window and select Settings and more (three dots) from the top right.
  2. Select Settings.

    Select Settings.
  3. Select Privacy, Search, and Services.

    Select Privacy, Search, and Services.
  4. Scroll down to Services, and select Address bar and search.

    Select Address bar and search
  5. Next to Show me search and site suggestions using my typed characters, toggle the switch to off. You won't see search engine suggestions based on what you're typing.

    Toggle off search suggestions in edge

Clear Search Bar History in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer has two options for clearing your search bar. Remove individual links from the address bar, or clear your entire search history.

Remove individual links

  1. Open an Internet Explorer window and start typing in the URL you want to remove in the address bar.

  2. Select the URL you want to remove.

  3. Select the red X at the end of the address bar to delete that particular URL.

    Clear search bar in Internet Explorer

Clear your entire search bar history

  1. Open an Internet Explorer window and select Settings (gear icon) from the top-right.

  2. Select Safety > Delete Browsing History.

  3. Select History, and then select Delete.

Clear Search Bar History in Opera

Opera offers two methods for deleting your search bar history. Do it one at a time with individual addresses, or wipe them all clean.

For individual links

  1. Open an Opera window and type in the first few letters of the URL you want to remove from the search bar.

    Open an Opera window and type in the first few letters of the URL you want to remove from the search bar.
  2. Select the URL you want to remove.

    Select the URL you want to remove.
  3. Select the X at the end of the bar to delete it.

    Select the X at the end of the bar to delete it.

Remove all search bar history from Opera   

  1. Open an Opera window and select Settings (gear) from the menu on the left.

    Open an Opera window and select Settings (gear) from the menu on the left.
  2. Select the arrow next to Advanced, and then select Privacy & Security from the drop-down menu.

    Select the arrow next to Advanced, and then select Privacy & Security from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select Clear browsing data.     

    Select Clear browsing data.
  4. Select Browsing history, and then select Clear data.

    Select Browsing history, and then select Clear data.

    Optionally, place a check next to Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files to delete these items.

Clear Browser Data From the Opera Mobile App

If you're using the Opera mobile app, it's easy to delete your browsing history.

  1. Select the O (Opera icon) from the bottom right.

  2. Select Settings.

  3. Select Clear Browser Data.

    Opera mobile browser menu, settings, and Clear Browser Data
  4. Select Browsing History.

  5. Select Clear.

  6. You'll see a message that your data has been cleared.

    Select Browsing history and Clear to delete Opera search history on a mobile device

Clear Search Bar History in Safari for macOS

On macOS, Safari allows you to delete your browsing history one URL at a time or clear your entire search history.

Remove individual URLs in Safari for macOS

  1. Open Safari and select History > Show All History.

    Open Safari and select History > Show All History.
  2. In the search field, enter the website you want to remove from your search bar history.

    In the search field, enter the website you want to remove from your search bar history.
  3. Select the website you want to remove.

    Select the website you want to remove.
  4. Press Delete. The URL is removed from your search history.

Delete your entire search bar history

  1. Open Safari and select History > Clear History.

    Open Safari and select History > Clear History.
  2. Next to Clear, select the drop-down box and choose all history to delete your entire search history.

    choose all history to delete your entire search history.

    Optionally, choose the last hour, today, or today and yesterday to delete history during those timeframes.

  3. Select Clear History. Safari will delete your entire search history.

    Select Clear History.

Clear Search Bar History in Safari for iOS

Removing the browsing history on Safari for iOS is a little different from its macOS counterpart.

Clear your search bar history for individual addresses

  1. Open Safari and tap the Bookmarks icon (it looks like an open book).

  2. Tap the History tab (clock icon) and find any addresses you want to remove.

  3. Swipe left on an individual URL, and then tap Delete to remove it from your search bar history.

    Delete Safari search history in the mobile app

Clear your entire search history

  1. Open the Settings app, and then tap Safari.   

  2. Tap Clear History and Website Data.   

  3. Tap Clear History and Data again to confirm your decision.

    Clear History and webite data in Safari for iOS