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Need to clear your Google Chrome browsing data quickly? Three’s no need to dig through menus—it’s as easily as a single keyboard shortcut and a few clicks. Here’s how to do it.

First, open “Chrome.” In any window, press the following three-key shortcut combination depending on your platform.

  • Windows or Linux: Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete
  • Mac: Press Command+Shift+Backspace. (On a Mac, the backspace key is labeled “Delete.” Note that pressing the Delete key beside the Home and Edit keys doesn’t work.)
  • Chromebook: Press Ctrl+Shift+Backspace.
  • iPhone and iPad (with keyboard connected): Press Command+Y.

After pressing the shortcut on Windows, Linux, Mac, or Chromebook, a “Settings” tab will open, and a “Clear browsing data” will pop up. Select the options you’d like, then click “Clear data.” If you’d like to do it completely hands free, press “Tab” several times until the “Clear data” button is selected, then hit “Enter” or “Return.”

In Google Chrome, click "Clear Data."

On an iPhone or iPad with a keyboard attached, a “History” window will pop up. Tap “Clear Browsing Data” at the bottom of the window, then a “Clear Browsing Data” window will appear. Tap the “Clear Browsing Data” button at the bottom, then confirm.

In Google Chrome on iPhone and iPad, tap "Clear Browsing Data."

Your history will be cleared to whatever level you chose. Repeat whenever you’d like. Privacy is good!

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Benj Edwards is a Staff Writer for How-To Geek. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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