Manage and Delete Browsing Data Components in Microsoft Edge

Clear your browsing history data

Microsoft's new Edge Chromium-based browser stores a significant amount of data on your computer's hard drive, ranging from a record of the websites that you visit to passwords you regularly use to access your email, bank, and other sites. Some browsing data components are sent to Microsoft's servers and stored in the cloud.

While each of these components offers its own benefits in terms of convenience and enhanced browsing experience, they can also be potentially sensitive when it comes to privacy and security—especially if you use the Edge browser on a computer that is sometimes shared by others.

Microsoft provides the opportunity for you to manage and remove this data, individually or all at once, should you so desire. Before modifying or deleting anything, it is important to have a clear understanding of each type of data.

The information in this article applies to computers running the new Microsoft Edge Chromium-based browser.

How to Clear Browsing Data

To clear browsing data from the new Microsoft Edge browser, open it and then:

  1. Click on the Settings and more menu, represented by three horizontal dots (...) located in the upper right corner of the browser window.

    A screenshot of Microsoft Edge with the More icon highlighted
  2. When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings.

    A screenshot of Microsoft Edge with the Settings option highlighted
  3. Select Privacy and Services in the left panel.

    A screenshot of Edge settings with the Privacy and Services heading highlighted
  4. In the Privacy and services window that opens, select Choose What to Clear.

    A screenshot of Edge's Privacy and Services settings with the Choose What to Clear button highlighted
  5. In the Clear browsing data dialog screen, place a check mark next to Browsing History and any of the other categories of information you want to clear.

    A screenshot of the Clear Browsing Data window in Edge with the deletion options highlighted

    Before choosing which data to wipe out, review the details of each category. They are:

    • Browsing history: Each time you visit a web page, Edge stores its name and URL on your hard drive. This does not occur while the InPrivate Browsing mode is active.
    • Download history: In addition to maintaining a local record of the websites that you visit, Edge also stores information about each file downloaded via the browser. This includes the file name as well as the URL where the download originated.
    • Cookies and other site dataCookies are small text files that can contain login details, user-specific preferences, and other information that websites use to customize your personal browsing experience on subsequent visits. In addition to cookies, this category also encompasses other web storage components, including an HTML 5-enabled application cache and locally stored database data.
    • Cached images and files: Each web page that you visit consists of multiple files and source code, all retrieved from a server as part of the loading process. You may notice that this process is quicker on your second or third visit to a page, an improvement made possible in part by a browser cache that consists of files and other data previously stored on your hard drive.
  6. When you are satisfied with your selections, specify a time frame for the deletions. Options run from Last Hour to All Time with several choices in between. Click or press Clear Now to delete the chosen data from your device.

Managing Passwords in Edge

To access Edge's passwords interface:

  1. Select the Settings and more (...) menu in the upper right corner of the browser window.

    A screenshot of Microsoft Edge with the More icon highlighted
  2. When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings.

    A screenshot of Microsoft Edge with the Settings option highlighted
  3. Select Profiles in the left panel and click or press Passwords in the main panel.

    A screenshot of Edge settings with the Profiles heading and Passwords option highlighted
  4. The Passwords screen includes settings where you can enable Edge to save passwords or sign in automatically.

Saved passwords are listed individually in the Saved passwords section. To delete an individual set of credentials, hover your pointer over the entry to select it and then delete it. You can also modify the username or password associated with an entry in the Saved passwords section.

The Never saved section contains sites that you do not want to have your saved password.

Profiles/Passwords screen in new Microsoft Edge browser

Managing Individual Cookies

In addition to deleting all saved cookies in one fell swoop, Edge allows you to specify which types of cookies, if any, are accepted by your device and to delete individual cookies. To modify this setting, return to Settings and more (...) > Settings.

Select Site Permissions in the left panel and choose Cookies and site data in the main window.

A screenshot of Edge settings with the Site Permissions and Cookies and Site Data options highlighted

In the Cookies and site data window, you have several options:

Cookies and site data permissions
  • Select whether to allow any sites to save and read cookie data.
  • Block or allow third-party cookies.
  • View all existing cookies and site data. Erase entries individually here.
  • Block specific sites from placing cookies.
  • Elect to erase all cookies when you leave a site.
  • Whitelist specific site's cookies.

Third-party cookies are those associated with domains other than the one you are currently visiting. These types of cookies can originate from an embedded advertisement, social media sharing button, or another source found on the current page. When this setting is enabled, only cookies from the active domain are saved.

Managing Saved Payment Entries

Edge can save credit card numbers and addresses to save you some typing in future browsing sessions. While this functionality is enabled by default, you have the option to disable it if you don't want payment data stored on your hard drive.

To do so, return to Settings and more (...) > Settings. Select Profiles > Payment Info.

A screenshot of Edge with the Payment Info heading highlighted

The Save form data option is enabled by default in the Payment Info screen. You can disable this at any time by selecting the slider next to it.

A screenshot of Edge's Payment Info screen with the save and fill slider highlighted

You can also delete cards or manually add new ones in this window.

Additional Site Settings

Additional settings that may apply to your browsing experience are included in the Site Permissions section. Scroll down and select any category to expand it and made any changes to the information it contains.