How to Delete the History on a Mac


Your browser’s saved history can come in handy. When you want to get back to a website you visited previously, you can usually locate it quickly by searching your stored history. For privacy reasons, however, you may occasionally want to delete your Internet history. You can delete the history on your Mac with a few clicks.


  • Click “History” on the toolbar.

  • Scroll to the bottom of the list of history items, and select “Clear History.”

  • Select “Clear” in the dialog box.


  • Click “Tools” on the menu bar, and select “Clear Recent History.”

  • Use the arrows to access the drop-down menu next to “Time range to clear.” Choose “Everything” if you would like to delete all of your history, or select a specific time frame to delete.

  • Check the boxes next to the items that you want to delete. If you want to delete all of your browsing history, form and search history, cookies and other information, check all of the boxes.

  • Click “Clear Now.”

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to set your browser to automatically delete the history after a certain amount of time, you can do so on both Safari and Firefox. In Safari, click “Safari,” “Preferences” and “General,” and then select how often you want your history to be deleted. In Firefox, choose “Firefox,” “Preferences” and “Privacy,” and then select the number of days you want your history to be saved.
  • Once you delete form data, previously entered information will not automatically appear in forms. For instance, user names that automatically appear on login screens will no longer be available. Make sure you remember this information before you delete your form data.

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