How Do I Clear the Address Bar History?


The address bar in a Web browser is the bar you type in the URL address of a website you would like to visit. URL addresses are stored in the address bar history. Whenever you begin typing a URL in the address bar, a long list of previously visited websites appears in a drop-down menu. Many users find this annoying or have visited websites they want to keep private. Clear the address bar history whether you are using Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari.


  • Navigate to "Tools," then "Clear Recent History."

  • Select "Everything" from the "Time Range to Clear" drop-down.

  • Check "Browsing and Download History" and select "Clear Now."

Internet Explorer

  • Click on the "Start" button on your computer desktop and go to "Run."

  • Type "regedit.exe" (without quotes) in the command line and hit "Run." This will open the registry editor.

  • Look in the pane on the left. Under "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" go to "Software," then "Microsoft," then "Internet Explorer," then "Typed URLs."

  • Click on the URL address at the top of the list in the right pane. Hold down the "Shift" key and click the last URL in the list. Hit the "Delete" key.


  • Go to "Safari," then "Preferences."

  • Click the panel labeled "Autofill," then click on the "Edit" button next to "Other Forms."

  • Hit "Remove All." Go to "Safari," then "Clear Cache," and hit "Empty" at the dialog prompt.

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