How to View Your Internet History

By Faithe Wempen

Internet Explorer (IE) maintains a history of where you’ve been, so you can revisit a website that you’ve recently looked at. There are two ways to look at history. One is to click the down arrow on the Address bar to see a drop-down list of recently visited sites. Then click the one you want to revisit.

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The other is to click the View Favorites, Feeds, and History button (the star) in the upper right corner of the window. Then click the History tab to see a more complete history. You can click Today to see the sites you have visited today, click Last Week to see sites from last week, and so on.

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If you don’t want others snooping to find out what sites you have visited, clear your history list. To do so, click the Tools button (the gear cog), point to Safety, and click Delete Browsing History. In the dialog box that appears, make sure the History check box is marked, and then click Delete.

You can delete other types of stored information from this same dialog box, such as temporary Internet files, cookies, and passwords. When deciding what to delete, balance your need for privacy against the convenience of having the browser remember information for you so you don’t have to retype it, like passwords and form data.