How to view and delete browsing history in Chrome

This article explains how to view and clear your browsing history (the web cache, cookies, saved passwords and more) in Chrome on Windows.

You can easily remove all or some of your browsing history that Chrome saves on your computer as you browse the Internet. You may want to do this, especially if you are using a shared computer.

Here is how:

How to view Chrome history

Viewing your history helps you find the web pages that you have visited.

On your Windows or Mac computer, open Chrome then go to Options (the burger icon) -> History -> History (or press CTRL – H). 

Chrome history

You can then see your full history. 

Chrome history items

 select pages to remove

You can also search your history..

search for a page

Search pages in history

How to delete search history in Chrome

1. On the History page (above) click "Clear Browsing data."

2. Select which data you like to delete (such as your History!) and hit "Clear data." Clicking the advanced tab gives you more granular control over what gets deleted. 

select date range to delete history

How to delete a specific site from your history

On the History, page check individual history results you would like to delete then hit "Delete."

clear browsing history

confirm clear browsing data

If you are interested, we also did the same type of posts for Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari and Firefox. Check them out if you need to delete the browser history from those browsers as well.

If privacy is a subject of interest for you, we recommend taking a look at some VPNs that will allow you to truly have privacy when being online.

Written by: Douglas Crawford

Has worked for almost six years as senior staff writer and resident tech and VPN industry expert at ProPrivacy.com. Widely quoted on issues relating cybersecurity and digital privacy in the UK national press (The Independent & Daily Mail Online) and international technology publications such as Ars Technica.

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