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How To Delete Google Search History

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There will be times when you want to know how to delete your Google search history. Often, people want to know how to erase Google history so others can not see where they have been. This page will teach you how to delete your Google search history so your activities will not be exposed.

This page is part of our How To Google Series, which presents various how-to articles and videos that are all Google related. The most popular page right now is How to Make Money with AdSense, Google’s advertising engine.

But, let’s get back to the questions at hand. You want to know how to delete Google search history.

Well, let’s have a look at the various places that people could sneak a peak at your Internet History by bringing up a browser window.

Delete Internet History From the Browser Address Bar

Ok, the first and most obvious place that these sneaky villains will check is your address bar.

delete Google Browser History

When you hit the drop down box next to the address bar, these snoops can see all the latest web sites that you have visited.

Thus, you will want to delete this. Follow the link how to delete the history from your browser address bar for more information.

Delete Internet History From the Google Search Box

Many people do not know that their past Internet searches also show up in the Google Search Box we see below:

delete Google Search Box History

The Google Search Box has evolved over the years and now contains suggestions from your past searches and from a tool called Google Suggest, which will attempt to figure out what you are searching for.

If you would like to turn off Google Suggest, you can do so in your Google Preferences. However, Google Suggest does not display your past searches.

This information is stored within your browser and this is the information that these sneaky folks want to obtain.

To delete your personal information from the search box–i.e. your past searches, see below for Clear Your Previous Internet Searches.

Delete Google Toolbar History

If you have installed the Google Toolbar, this is another place that people can look. Have a look at the picture below to see if you have the Google Toolbar installed.

delete Google Toolbar History

The false assumption is that this is the same as the address bar above, which it isn’t.

The information for the Google Toolbar is not stored in your browser but by Google.

However, it can be deleted easily by right-clicking on the right side of the toolbar and selecting clear history.

How To Delete Google Search History: Summary

On this page, we have looked in depth at How to Erase Google History.

In the age of the Internet era, it can be very important to conceal your Internet activities for various reasons.

To me, the basic right of privacy is important and I do not want others to have access to my information. However, it could be a vengeful spouse in a divorce case or snoopy cousin who wants to see your finances.

Remember too that knowing how to delete Google search history is not the only thing that you need to know how to do. Yes, this will deter the novice snoopers. However, your data exists in many other places so be sure that you also know how to delete your Internet cookies and directories that contain sensitive data.

By these Google How To Steps and learning how to erase your Google history, you have done the work to dissuade most would-be snoopers. Congratulations!!!

How To Erase Google History: Appendices

Please follow the instructions below to delete your Google history.

Delete Google Browser Bar History

The choice to delete your Google Browser Bar history is generally under the “Tools” option in all browsers. Below, you will find the steps for several browsers. However, if yours is not listed, simply have a look under the “Tools” choice and will find the location to clear your browser history and clear many other personal settings.

Internet Explorer 7:

1. Click the Tools menu.
2. Select Delete Browsing History.
3. Click the Delete history button.
4. Click the Yes button in the confirmation window.

Internet Explorer 6:

1. Click the Tools menu.
2. Select Internet Options.
3. Click the General tab.
4. Click the Clear History button.
5. Click the OK button.

Firefox Early Versions:

1. Click the Tools menu.
2. Select Clear Private Data.
3. Select the ‘Browsing History’ option.
4. Click the Clear Private Data Now button.

Firefox Later Versions:

1. Click the Tools menu.
2. Select Options, Privacy.
3. Select the Appropriate Choices.
4. Click the OK button to confirm.

Remember, in whatever Browser that you are using, you can usually find this setting in the Tools area.

Delete Google Search Box History

Just like with your Web History, your browser maintains your previous searches. This will need to be deleted or folks will be able to see what you have typed into the search box. This setting can almost always be found under the “Tools | Options” choice in the most popular browsers. Below, please find the instructions for a few of the most popular.

Internet Explorer 7:

1. Click the Tools menu.
2. Select Delete Browsing History .
3. Click the Delete forms button.
4. Click the Yes button in the confirmation window.
5. Click the Close button.

Internet Explorer 6:

1. Click the Tools menu.
2. Select Internet Options .
3. Click the Content Tab.
4. Click the the AutoComplete button.
5. Click the Clear Forms Button.

Early Firefox:

1. Click the Tools menu.
2. Select Clear Private Data.
3. Select Saved Form and Search History.
4. Click the Clear Private Data Now button.

Later Firefox:

1. Click the Tools menu.
2. Select Options | Privacy.
3. Select Clear Your Recent History.
4. Click Details and Make Sure That Form and Search History is Selected then set “Time range to clear” to the appropriate amount.

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Richard Cummings is writer, traveler, and web content developer. He creates fun, informative how to articles for this site and exercises his creative writing prerogative at ARichIdea.com.

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