Search History: How to View or Delete It

See your search history and delete what you want hidden

Illustration of a person deleting all their Internet History

Lifewire / Derek Abella

Your website history is stored in most web browsers, letting you go back to see which sites you visited and what you searched for on search engines. It's really easy to view your search history at any time.

Maybe you want to see your recent searches if you accidentally closed out of your browser window and want to return to what you were doing. Or, if you found an awesome website a few days ago but forgot to bookmark it, it might still live in your browsing history.

You can also delete your search history to clean it up or to prevent others from seeing which sites you visited. Viewing and deleting search history is really easy in all web browsers.

How to View Search History

You can look up your search history with a simple keyboard shortcut. Doing so will list all the sites you've visited and show your old search history.

  • Chrome: Use Ctrl+H to go to your history in Chrome. The history is displayed on a full page in its own tab, organized by time. Mobile users should tap the three-button menu and choose History.
  • Edge: The Ctrl+H shortcut opens your history in Edge. The items show up on the right side of the screen and are sorted by date. For the mobile app, tap the star at the top right and then the circle icon along the menu at the top.
  • Internet Explorer: See your Internet Explorer history with the same Ctrl+H shortcut as Edge. A panel appears on the right that lists historical search items and websites, which can be sorted by date, site, and more.
  • Firefox: Enter Ctrl+H from your keyboard to see all your Firefox search and web history. The History panel opens on the left side of Firefox, organized by day by default but can be customized to show the history by site and frequency of use. For the Firefox mobile app, tap the three-button menu and choose History.
  • Safari: Go to History > Show All History at the top of the browser to view your Safari history. All of your recently visited sites are listed on a single page, sorted by day. For the mobile app, tap the bookmarks icon on the bottom and then the clock icon at the top.
  • Opera: The Ctrl+H shortcut lets you view your Opera web history. The history list shows up in a new tab called History. If you're using the mobile app, tap the Opera menu icon on the bottom and then select History.
  • Yandex: Like most browsers, your Yandex search history is accessible from the Ctrl+H shortcut.

How to Search Your Website History

Some browsers let you search through your history to quickly comb through what you were browsing earlier, even days or weeks in the past if the browser history still remains.

Chrome

Search history in Chrome can be browsed with the search box at the top of the History page. Just start typing, and your search history will become filtered automatically to show only the items that match your search.

History search in Chrome

If you're using the Chrome mobile app, tap the search icon at the top to find the search box.

Firefox

Type something into the search box above the Firefox history list to instantly search through your search history and the websites you've visited.

Firefox history search

Safari

Look through your Safari history from the History page. Start typing into the text box at the top of the page see the results populate instantly.

History page in the Safari web browser

Opera

On the History page in Opera is a search box at the top that you can use to search through old search history items and browse websites you've already opened. Just type and then wait a moment for the results to populate.

Opera history search box

Yandex

After opening the search history in Yandex, locate the search box at the upper-right corner of the page. You might have to scroll if your browser window is too small to see it. Type the search term and press Enter to view the search history that matches.

Yandex search history

How to Delete Your Search History

All web browsers let you delete your search history and erase the log that's kept when you visit sites. You can delete specific sites from your history as well as remove all of it at once.

If you use more than one browser and would rather avoid going into each of them to clear your browsing history, there are tools that can do it all for you. CCleaner is one example.

Your Google search history is more than just your browsing habits stored in Chrome, Firefox, etc. Learn how to delete your Google search history to remove that information.

Chrome

If you find part of your Chrome search history that you want to keep but decide that there's something particular you want to remove, press the three-dotted button next to that specific item, and then choose Remove from history.

Remove from history button in Chrome

Mobile users can erase a single website from their history by tapping the small x off to the right.

Another way to erase your Chrome search history is to delete it all in one action. To do that, stay on the History tab but select the three-lined button at the top left. Select Clear browsing data to open a new window, and make sure Browsing history is chosen. You can change the Time range value to whatever works for you, and then press Clear data to delete your browsing history and search history.

Chrome clear browsing data prompt

The Chrome app for mobile devices works the same way: use the Clear browsing data link on the History page to see the same screen shown above.

Edge

There's an x next to each item in your Edge history that you can press to immediately remove them from the History page. If you're on the mobile app, press-and-hold an item to find the Delete option.

Edge history with a delete button

At the top of Edge's list of your search history is a Clear history button. Select it to change the view to Clear browsing data. Ensure that Browsing history is one of the chosen items, and then choose Clear.

Edge clear browsing history page

On the Edge mobile app, from the History page, select the trash icon at the top and then choose Clear. Make sure Browsing history is selected before deleting.

Internet Explorer

Right-click an item in your IE search history pane to erase it from view. Just choose Delete from the menu.

Delete option in IE history pane

Strike Ctrl+Shift+Del on your keyboard to erase all your Internet Explorer history. When you see this screen, put a check in the box next to History and then press Delete.

Internet Explorer Delete Browsing History screen

Firefox

Erasing a single web page or search item from your history in Firefox is as easy as right-clicking it and choosing Delete Page. If you're using the mobile app, press-and-hold and then choose Remove.

Firefox delete page option in the history panel

Firefox lets you erase all your history through the Clear All History menu. Get there with the Ctrl+Shift+Del keyboard shortcut. Make sure Browsing & Download History and Form & Search History is chosen from the list, and then press Clear Now.

Firefox Clear All History prompt

If you want to erase only recent history, change the Time range to clear option to something other than Everything.

The Firefox mobile app lets you clear the web search history, too, by selecting CLEAR BROWSING HISTORY on the History page.

Safari

To delete single search history items from Safari, locate what you want removed and right-click it to find the Delete option. You can delete an entire day's worth of history, too.

Delete history option in Safari

Mobile Safari users can selectively delete history items by swiping to the left and then tapping Delete.

To delete all search history in Safari, use the Clear History button on the History page. Choose how much to delete — the last hour, today, today and yesterday, or all history — and then choose Clear History.

Safari clear history button

The Safari app lets you delete all your history, too, via the Clear button on the bottom of the History page.

Opera

To remove particular search history items in Opera, hover your mouse over the item you want to delete and then select the x off to the right. If you're on the mobile app, press the three-dotted menu to the right of the item and then choose Delete.

Opera remove from history button

You can also delete all of your Opera history from the same page, with the Clear browsing data button. From there, make sure Browsing History is selected and that the Time range is set to how you want it, and then press Clear data.

Clear browsing data option in Opera

The Opera app makes clearing all the history a little easier. Just select the trash icon at the top of the History page.

Yandex

Yandex is like Chrome when it comes to deleting a specific page from your history: hover your mouse over the item that needs deleted, press the small arrow, and then choose Remove from history.

Yandex remove from history option

Use the Clear history link to the right of your history items to open a new prompt where you can delete all the history in Yandex. Choose how far back to remove the search history and then make sure Views is checked. Select Clear to erase it all.

Yandex clear history prompt

Removing the Yandex browsing and search history on the mobile app is done through the menus. Tap the menu bottom on the bottom and choose Settings, and then Clear data. Make sure History is selected before tapping Clear data.