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Exploring Internet Explorer: Manage Your Browsing History

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

Recently we’ve been taking a second look at the familiar Internet Explorer browser. It’s been around a long time, but there have been some recent changes to the program. Today, we’re going to look at taking control of your browsing history.

Start by clicking the gear icon at the top right of Internet Explorer. Then choose Internet Options from the drop-down menu.


When the Internet Options window opens, click on the General tab.

Towards the bottom of that windows, you’ll see Browsing history.


If you’d like to clear your browsing history every time you close Internet Explorer, tick the box next to Delete browsing history on exit.


Click on Delete if you’d like to immediately delete your history.


Click the Settings button to control how you handle temporary Internet files.



At the top, you’ll see three tabs. The first is Temporary Internet Files.  Tose files include stored images of web pages that make for faster loading. You can choose when to check for newer version of this file and allocate how much disc space can be used to store them.  You also have to option to move these files to another location, as well as check out the files to see what’s in them.


Click the History tab, and you can choose how long Internet Explorer should store your history. Take it as low as zero or make it an entire year.


Choose the Caches and databases tab to select whether or not you want to allow website caches and databases to be stored. You can also select how much disk space can be used to store this information.  You can choose to allow individual sites to exceed the limit or delete their data.


You’ll need to click the OK or Apply button to make the changes stick.

~ Cynthia

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