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 three-dotted menu button at the bottom and then choose History.
- 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.
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.
If you're using the Chrome mobile app, tap the search icon at the top to find the search box.
Type something into the search box above the Firefox history list to instantly search through your search history and the websites you've visited.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
In the left menu of Edge's list of your search history is a Clear browsing data button. Select it to open that screen. Ensure that Browsing history is one of the chosen items, and then choose Clear now.
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.
Right-click an item in your IE search history pane to erase it from view. Just choose Delete from the menu.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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