Internet browsers allow you to easily check your Internet browsing history. Your browsing history consists of a listing of all websites you visited in the past week, sorted by day. This is convenient if you want to go back to a website you searched previously and don’t remember the exact website address or URL. Each website you view is saved on your hard drive. This allows sites you frequently visit to load faster by using the files from your hard drive instead of having to download the page each time.
Your Internet history can be found two ways. You can find the last 25 websites you visited by clicking the drop-down arrow located at the end of the address bar. For a more comprehensive history, you can click the drop-down arrow located between the navigation arrows and the address bar in the left corner of the screen. Then scroll down and click History. You can also use a shortcut – Ctrl + Shift + H. Once in the History area, you can find the websites you visited in the past week organized by day. Anything you viewed in the previous week is lumped together in the “Last Week” category. This is the default view, but you can also click the drop-down arrow at the top of the History tab and view by site, most visited or in the order you visited today. You can search your history by keyword or phrase if you can’t remember the site you’re looking for.
Although being able to see your Internet browsing history is usually a nice thing to have, since it saves you time and saves your computer from doing extra work, it can be a burden to some people. There may be times where you need to delete your history. Since having of history of previously viewed websites takes up space on your hard drive, it can slow your computer down. Therefore, deleting your history may be a good idea if your computer is running slower than normal. Also, if you share your computer with others, you might have privacy issues. You may not feel comfortable having your Internet usage available for others to see.
The history files that reside on your hard drive can be found by clicking the “Tools” menu, then going to “Internet Options”, going to “Browsing History and clicking the “Settings” button and finally clicking the “View Files” button. Most Internet users can delete their history by clicking the “Tools” menu, then “Internet Options” and then clicking the “Delete” or “Delete Files” button. You can also choose to automatically delete history files each time you close out of the browser window by clicking the “Advanced” tab, going to the “Security” section and checking the box next to “Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed.” This is preferred if you end up having to delete your history often.