How To Delete Google Search History
You might be wondering how to delete your Google search history so that the prying eyes of bosses, girlfriends, or anyone can’t know what you’ve been Googling lately. In reality, it isn’t Google that stores you past searches, but your web browser. So, deleting your web browsers history will take care of the Google problem.
- Figure out what browser you’re using. Before you can learn how to delete your Google search history, you better know what browser you’re using. To do this, open up your browser, click Help, and go select “About…” This should give you your browser's name and version number (such as Mozilla Firefox 3.5).
- If you’re using Internet Explorer 7, start by clicking "Tools." Select "Delete Browsing History” and click the “Delete Forms button. Hit “Yes” when asked and you’re good to go!
- If you’re using Internet Explorer 6, the process is a little different. How to delete your Google search history varies between IE versions, so if you’re using version 6, select Internet "Options" under the "Tools" menu. Now, select the "Content" tab, click the “Auto Complete” button and select “Delete Forms.” If you turn off the “Forms” checkbox, your Google search history won’t be saved in the future.
- In Firefox, select “Clear Recent History” under the Tools menu. Next, select the time range you’d like to delete (choose Everything to get rid of it all) and open up the "Details" option. Make sure “Form and Search History” is checked and hit "Clear Now." If you choose to turn on private browsing, your searches won’t be recorded in the future.
- In Safari, select "Preferences" under the Safari menu. From the Autofill tab, click “Edit” next to the Other Forms box. Pick Google, click remove, and hit done. Boom! Just like Firefox, Safari allows you to turn on private browsing and keep searches hidden in the future.
- If you’d also like to delete the history of your Google toolbar, click the arrow on the right side of the search box. At the end of the list of past searches, you should see a link to "Clear History." Click that and your past searches will vanish faster than Eddie Murphy’s career.
There you go! You just learned how to delete you Google search history. Feel free to Google anything you’d like from now on… no one will ever know.