Your browsing history is the information that Internet Explorer remembers and stores on a PC as your browse the web. This includes info you've entered into forms, passwords, and sites you've visited, and it helps make your browsing experience better. If you're using a shared or public PC, you might not want to Internet Explorer to remember your browsing data.

View your browsing history and delete specific sites

By viewing your browsing history, you can choose to delete specific sites, or return to a webpage that you've already visited.

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Favorites button Favorites button.
  3. Tap or click the History tab, and choose how you want to view your history by selecting a filter from the drop down menu:

    • View By Date shows your last three weeks of history in chronological order.

    • View By Site shows a list of sites you visited in the last three weeks, but not the dates of your visits.

    • View By Most Visited shows your most visited sites in the last three weeks.

    • View By Order Visited Today shows only sites you visited today.

To delete specific sites, press and hold (or right-click) a site from any of these lists, and then tap or click Delete. Or, return to a page by tapping or clicking any site in the list.

Delete your browsing history

Regularly deleting your browsing history helps protect your privacy, especially if you're using a shared or public PC.

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To delete your browsing history

  1. On the Start screen, tap or click Internet Explorer to open Internet Explorer.

  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)

  3. Tap or click Options, and under History, tap or click Select.

  4. Select the Browsing history check box, and any other types of data you want to remove, and then tap or click Delete.

To delete your browsing history in the desktop

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, and then tap or click Internet options.
  3. Under Browsing history, tap or click Delete.

  4. Select the types of data you want to remove from your PC, and then tap or click Delete.

You can set Internet Explorer to delete your history each time you close a browsing session.

To delete your browsing history when you close browsing sessions

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, and then tap or click Internet options.
  3. Under Browsing history, select the Delete browsing history on exit check box, and then tap or click OK.

What gets deleted when you delete your browsing history

Types of info
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Browsing history

The list of sites you've visited.

Cached images and temporary Internet files

Copies of pages, images, and other media content stored on your PC. The browser uses these copies to load content faster the next time you visit those sites.

Cookies

Info that sites store on your PC to remember your preferences, such as sign-in info or your location.

Download history

The list of files you've downloaded from the web. This only deletes the list, not the actual files that you've downloaded.

Saved form data

Info that you've entered into forms, such as your email or a shipping address.

Saved passwords

Passwords that you've saved for sites.

Tracking Protection, ActiveX Filtering, and Do Not Track data

Websites you've excluded from ActiveX Filtering, and data that the browser uses to detect tracking activity.

Favorites

The list of sites that you've saved as favorites. Don't delete favorites if you only want to remove individual sites—this will delete all of your saved sites.