How do I clear my history and other saved data from my web browser?
Answer: Removing old files and information saved by your browser is a good way to optimize your browser's performance and help it run like new. Clearing the browsing history can prevent a list of previously visited URLs from loading when you start typing an web address in the address bar. Deleting the cache can remove images, videos, and other content saved by your browser, making sure you see the latest version of each webpage you visit. Cleaning out saved cookies can prevent websites from loading custom data based on your previous visits. You can also delete saved login information, which will prevent your browser from automatically entering your username and password in web forms.
Each web browser is different, so you must use a different process to clear data stored by your browser. Below are the basic steps for some of the most common browsers:
Google Chrome v.25 (Windows and Mac)
Mozilla Firefox v.19 (Windows)
Mozilla Firefox v.19 (Mac)
Microsoft Internet Explorer v.10 (Windows)
You can also select "Internet Options" from IE's Settings menu to open the Internet Options window. This window allows you to remove specific browser content and change many other Internet and browser-related settings as well.
Apple Safari (Mac)
You can also selectto just delete your browsing history in Safari.
Important: The above instructions are for specific versions of each browser. The methods used to delete data from your browser may change with future releases of the software. You can typically delete the list of files you've downloaded in your browser by opening the Downloads window and selecting "Clear" or "Clear all."
Entered: March 20, 2013 – by Per Christensson
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