What is a web log

View and clear browsing history in Internet Explorer

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Your browsing history is the information that Internet Explorer stores on a PC while you browse the web. This includes information entered in forms, passwords and websites visited. This makes browsing more pleasant. However, if you're using a shared or public PC, you might not want Internet Explorer to save your history.

View browsing history and delete specific websites

In the browser history, you can delete certain websites or revisit a website that you have already visited.

  1. In Internet Explorer, select the Favorites button out.

  2. Select the tab course and choose how you want the history to appear by choosing a filter from the menu. To delete specific websites, right-click a website from one of these lists, then select Clear out. Or return to a page by selecting a website from the list.

clear browser history

Regularly deleting your browser history helps protect your privacy, especially when using a shared or public PC.

  1. In Internet Explorer, choose the button Extras, point up security, and then select Delete browsing history.

  2. Select the types of data or files you want to remove from the PC, and then select Clear out.

Delete deleted information from browsing history

Kind of info

Deleted info

Internet Explorer version

browser history

The list of websites visited.


Cached images and temporary internet files

Copies of pages, pictures, and other media content saved on your PC. The browser uses these copies to load content faster the next time you visit the relevant website.



Information that websites save on your PC so that you can reuse your preferred settings such as your login information or your location.


Download history

The list of files you downloaded from the web. This only deletes the list. The downloaded files are retained.

For Internet Explorer 11 and Internet Explorer 10 only

Form data

Information entered in forms such as e-mail or delivery address.



Passwords saved for websites.


Data for tracking protection, ActiveX filtering and Do not track

Websites that you have excluded from ActiveX filtering and data that the browser uses to detect tracking activity.



The list of websites that you have saved as favorites. Do not delete favorites if you just want to remove individual websites as this will delete all saved websites.


InPrivate filtering data

Saved data that InPrivate Filtering uses to determine where websites may automatically share details about your visit.

For Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 8 only