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Remove the History for the Website You Just Visited in Firefox

You just clicked through to a website and realized that it was one you wish you had not visited. Now the website is in your browser’s history (ouch!) and you need to remove it. Here is how you clean up that “little history problem”.

Note: This is also extremely useful if you are looking for or purchasing a surprise gift for someone special and forgot to enable Private Browsing mode beforehand.

Time to Start Cleaning

There are two different methods that can be used to remove the website in question from your browser’s history. Use the one that works best for your purposes.

1. Go to the Firefox Menu Bar, click on “History”, and select “Show All History”.


This will open the History Library Window.


Once you have the History Library Window open, click on “Today” in the left part of the window.


Now that the history for today is displayed, it is time to erase that website from the browser’s history (for our example, is being used). Right click on the website in question and select “Forget About This Site”.


As you can see, that website is literally a “piece of history”. All that is left to do is close the History Library Window.


2. In the address bar start typing part of the address, webpage title, or associated keywords (i.e cnn) to display the website address in question. Using either the mouse or arrow keys, make certain that the website’s address is highlighted and hit “Delete” on your keyboard.


As you can see, the website’s full address will be temporarily displayed in the address bar and simply needs to be backspaced out or highlighted and deleted.


Retyping the keyword “cnn” in the address bar shows that the website has definitely been erased from your browser’s history.



This will give you quick and easy ways to fix things if you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing to erase a website to avoid an awkward situation at work or home. Happy browsing!

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 06/25/09

Comments (8)

  1. Shail


  2. Starkiller

    It should be noted that this is most useful to those people who use the history regularly and would like to the rest, there are people out there who have no problem to just wipe the whole history.

  3. Kyle

    yeah… or you can just set firefox to automatically wipe all private data upon each closing of the browser. up to you.


  4. aks

    dont forget cookies, saved search terms, and maybe even flash cookies if you really want to cover your tracks

  5. Beauseph

    Or you could stay off websites that you shouldn’t be going on anyway

  6. 1fastbullet

    The first part of the article works fine. Clearing items from the history is a piece of cake.

    On the other hand, nothing changes when I’ve tried the second half of the article for the address bar stuff. Expanding the drop-down, highlighting an address and then deleting it only removes the item until I quit and then re-open the expanded menu.

    I would like to see an about:config means of preventing the address bar expansion altogether. Have you any ideas on that?

    @kyle and aks- If you are relying on Firefox to automatically clear your history, cookies and stuff, I hope you have better luck than I have had.

  7. tommy2rs

    I just turned the stupid and annoying “awesome bar” off. Do the about:config thing and filter for

    browser.urlbar.maxRichResults set to -1

  8. David Forret

    I delete my history from my computer by going to tools,delete browsing history,it diletes but fear it still stays on my computer is there any way I cam permantely delete the websites I have visited your help will be most greatfull only I have kids and one of them know how to retreive the history even though I already deleted cheers

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