How to Delete the Navigation Toolbar History

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The navigation bar history can be removed with a few simple keyboard commands.

For privacy and security, many people opt to periodically delete their browser's history, the list of Web sites visited recently. It is also possible, however, to delete individual addresses in order to ensure that they do not reappear in a browser's navigation bar. Navigation bar history can be erased in three popular Web browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

Instructions

  1. Internet Explorer 8

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      Click on "Tools" in your browser's Menu Bar. (The Menu Bar is the top menu that features the commands File, Edit, etc.) When the Tools Menu appears, select Internet Options.

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      Find the words "Browsing History" on the Internet Options screen. Check the box marked "Delete Browsing History After Exit." Doing so will delete the entire browsing history.

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      Select the word "Content" on the Internet Options screen. Click the "AutoComplete" button.

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      Select "Clear Forms" and "Clear Passwords." This will erase your past searches and form entries.

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      Use the Registry Editor utility to delete specific sites only. To do so, click "Start" and then "Run," and type in "regedit.exe". This will bring up the Registry Editor.

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      Find the list of files (keys) in the Registry Editor window. Locate the key named HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs and click on it.

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      Open this key and delete the desired URLs.

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      Refer to Steps 3 and 4 to erase the browser's AutoComplete history.

    Google Chrome

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      Click on "Chrome" and then on "Clear Browsing Data."

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      Select "Clear Browsing History." You will need to specify the period of time you would like cleared.

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      Click on "Tools" and then "History" to delete individual addresses. (For Mac users, click on "History.") Select "Show Full History."

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      Select the words "Edit Items" on the right side of the screen.

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      Locate the addresses you would like to delete, then click on "Remove Selected Items." To remove AutoComplete data, select "Clear all browsing data."

    Mozilla Firefox

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      Select "Tools" in the Menu Bar and click on "Clear Recent History."

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      Select the time range of the history you wish to clear on the pop-up menu.

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      Click on the arrow button next to Details. This will bring up a list of details in your browser that can be deleted.

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      To clear the AutoComplete suggestions, click on "Firefox" and then "Preferences."

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      Choose the Privacy panel. On the panel, find the phrase that reads "When using the location bar, suggest..." followed by a drop-down menu. Click on that menu and select "Nothing."

Tips & Warnings

  • To browse without recording your history, most browsers now offer a mode in which visited Web sites are not recorded. Under Google Chrome, this is called Incognito; Firefox has several third-party extensions that do the same thing. These extensions can be found by searching Incognito at Mozilla's Addons website. Internet Explorer's mode is called InPrivate Browsing and can be used by selecting Start InPrivate Browsing when you open a new tab.

  • While editing a PC's Registry Editor, it is possible to seriously damage the operating system. Do not delete anything outside of the specified key to prevent programming damage.

  • Clearing your browsing history will remove the list of addresses you have visited in the past. However, fully deleting any history can be difficult. For privacy purposes, using an anonymous browsing feature such as Incognito may be a safer option.

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