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How to Change How Long Internet Explorer Keeps a List of Sites You Have Visited

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There is a handy feature in most modern browsers that allows you to go back and see what pages you have visited on a particular day. But what if you don’t want your browser to keep track of your browsing history? Here’s how to disable it.

Limiting Internet Explorer History

Open the settings menu and click on Internet options.

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Then under Browsing history click on the settings menu.

Then switch over to the History tab.

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You will need to set the amount of days to keep history for, then click OK.

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If you go and check your history you will see that it will only show you pages for the amount of days you specified.

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Disabling Internet Explorer History

If you want to disable it completely you can open Internet Options and check the Delete browsing history on exit button. This will cause your history to be cleared every time you close Internet Explorer.

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That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 11/3/12

Comments (4)

  1. Andy Bristow

    Whats Internet Explorer???

  2. harv

    That may prevent the obvious saving of history however it won’t affect what is ‘remembered’ in various index.dat files that are hidden and not easily readable.

    Thankfully CCleaner will delete them for you.

  3. Ezaafi

    IE is disaster!

  4. particolor

    Ezaafi! Your good at understatements! Arent You??!!

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