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If you use Microsoft Edge on Windows or Mac, it’s easy to view and clear your download history with just a few clicks, which can help maintain your privacy. Here’s how to do it.

First, open Edge. In any Edge window, press Ctrl+J on your keyboard. Or you can click the menu button (three dots) in the upper-right corner and select “Downloads.”

Your download history will pop up in a special menu that extends from an area beside the address bar. Using this menu, you can see the status of downloads in progress, view a record of completed downloads, open your downloads folder, search downloads, and more.

The Downloads list in Microsoft Edge.

To remove a single file from the Downloads list in Edge, hover over the entry in the list until you see icons appear beside it. (If the file you want to remove isn’t in view, click “See more” at the bottom of the menu.) Click the trash can icon beside the file you want to remove from the list.

If you’d like to clear your entire Edge download history, open the Downloads list (press Ctrl+J), then click the three dots button in the Downloads list. In the menu that pops up, click “Clear all download history.”

Note: Clearing your download history won’t delete or affect the actual files you’ve downloaded. The files will still be stored on the computer where you last placed them.

Click “Remove All” in the warning pop-up to confirm, and your download history will be wiped.

It’s important to note that Edge’s InPrivate browsing mode won’t automatically clear your download history, so you’ll need to clear it manually from time to time to maintain your local privacy. Stay safe out there!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. 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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