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Your browsing history is the info that Internet Explorer stores on a PC as you surf the web. To help improve your experience, this includes info youve entered into forms, passwords, and sites youve visited. However, if youre using a shared or public PC, you may not want Internet Explorer to save your history.

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 youve already visited.

  1. In Internet Explorer, select the Favorites button.

  2. Select the History tab, and choose how you want to view your history by selecting a filter from the menu. To delete specific sites, right-click a site from any of these lists and then select Delete. Or, return to a page by selecting any site in the list.

Delete your browsing history

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

  1. In Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, point to Safety, and then select Delete browsing history.

  2. Choose the types of data or files you want to remove from your PC, and then select Delete.

What gets deleted when you delete your browsing history

Types of info

What gets deleted

Internet Explorer version

Browsing history

The list of sites youve visited.


Cached images 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.



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


Download history

The list of files youve downloaded from the web. This only deletes the list, not the actual files youve downloaded.

Only Internet Explorer 11 and Internet Explorer 10

Form data

Info that youve entered into forms, such as your email or a shipping address.



Passwords that youve saved for sites.


Tracking Protection, ActiveX Filtering, and Do Not Track data

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



The list of sites that youve saved as favorites. Dont delete favorites if you only want to remove individual sites—this will delete all of your saved sites.


InPrivate filtering data

Saved data used by InPrivate Filtering to detect where sites might be automatically sharing details about your visit.

Only for Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 8

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