How to Delete Recently Closed Tabs

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All major Web browsers -- Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome -- remember your browsing history and, consequently, can display the recently closed tabs to anyone that has access to your computer. To protect your privacy, delete the recently closed tabs by removing the Web pages from the browser's history. In addition, erase the entire history, if necessary.

Tip

  • Prevent Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google from saving your Web browsing history by using the incognito mode (also known as private browsing).

Warning

  • You can't recover Web pages that you delete from the Web browsing history.

Internet Explorer

Anyone can reopen your recently closed tabs in Internet Explorer by clicking the New Tab icon, clicking Reopen Closed Tabs and selecting Open All Closed Tabs. Protect your privacy by deleting specific pages from Internet Explorer, or by deleting the entire Web browsing history.

Step 1

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In Internet Explorer, click the Favorites icon resembling a star and select the History tab to view your entire browsing history. The Web pages are organized by date by default.

Step 2

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Right-click the Web page to remove and select Delete to erase it from the Web browsing history. The page is also immediately removed from the Recently Closed Tabs list.

Tip

  • Delete all pages from a time range by right-clicking the time range -- Today, for example -- and selecting Delete.

    Reorganize the pages by clicking the View By Date box and selecting a different option -- View By Site or View By Most Visited, for example.

Step 3

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Optionally, delete the entire Web browsing history by pressing Ctrl-Shift-Delete to open the Delete Browsing History dialog, checking only the History box and then clicking Delete.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

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Press Ctrl-Shift-H in Mozilla Firefox to display the Library window. Expand the History node in the left pane by double-clicking it, and then select a time range to display -- Today or Yesterday, for example. All visited pages are displayed in the right pane.

Step 2

Right-click the Web page to remove from Firefox's history and select Delete. The page is also immediately removed from the Recently Closed Tabs list.

Tip

  • Delete all pages in a time range by right-clicking the time range in the left pane -- Today or Yesterday, for example -- and selecting Delete.

Step 3

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Optionally, delete the entire Web browsing history. Press Ctrl-Shift-Delete to display the Clear Recent History dialog, select Everything from the Time Range To Clear box, check only the Browsing And Download History box and click the Clear Now button.

Google Chrome

Step 1

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Press Ctrl-H to open the Chrome History page. Alternatively, click the Chrome Menu button -- and select History. The Web pages are organized by date by default (most recent first).

Step 2

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Check the box next to each Web page to erase its history and then click the Remove Selected Items button to delete the selected pages. The pages are immediately removed from the Recently Closed Tabs list.

Step 3

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Optionally, delete everything from the history in Chrome by clicking the Clear Browsing Data button on the Chrome History page. Select The Beginning Of Time from the Obliterate... drop-down box, check only the Browsing History box and click the Clear Browsing Data button.

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