All web browsers store data regarding your browsing activity. There are a variety of uses for this data, including automatically filling in forms, reducing data usage by caching content, and keeping you signed into websites with cookies. Browsers also store your internet browsing history.
Your browsing history is a list of all webpages you’ve browsed to. Typically, your history is stored in an ordered list by the date and time the webpage was loaded. Your browsing history is intended for you to be able to easily get back to any webpage or website you’ve browsed to before. Websites and webpages in your history are suggested if they are relevant to what you’re typing in the URL bar.
Generally, your browsing history is only stored in your browser, meaning that no-one else can see it. Some browsers allow you to sync your browsing history with a cloud account, this allows you to share your history across devices.
You may occasionally want to delete your internet history, perhaps to get a fresh start in your browser. To do so in the new Microsoft Edge in Windows 10, you need to open the browser settings. To do so, you need to click the triple-dot icon in the top-right corner, then click “Settings”.
Once in Edge’s settings, click on the “Privacy, search, and services” tab in the left column, then scroll down to the “Clear browsing data” section and click “Choose what to clear”.
In the “Clear browsing data” popup window, you can select what data you want to delete with the check-boxes; as well as the timeframe within which you want to delete the selected data with the drop-down box.
To delete your browsing history, ensure that the first check-box, “Browsing history”, is ticked. Then use the drop-down box to select the deletion timeframe. You can also select the other types of browser data you want to delete at the same time.