How to View, Find, and Clear IE History [Full Guide]

This article provides instructions on how to view and clear your Internet Explorer history. Following these simple steps, you can easily view and manage your Internet Explorer history.

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View IE History Step 1: Launch Internet Explorer and simultaneously press the "Ctrl + H" key. This method applies to all versions...Full steps
Clear IE History and Cache Step 1: Open Internet Explorer, and click the gear icon in the upper-right corner. Step 2: Click "Internet options"...Full steps


Internet Explorer (IE) is a web browser developed by Microsoft. It was first released in 1995. It is a robust and versatile web browser that has been used for a long time. But in the May of 2021, Microsoft announced the end of life of Internet Explorer. If you are interested in learning more about Internet Explorer, follow this link to learn the History of Internet Explorer.

Although Microsoft Internet Explorer is no longer the most popular web browser, many people still use it for browsing the internet. The history of Internet Explorer is a log file that records every website you have visited. It can be used to view a list of recently visited websites, find a website you previously visited, or clear your entire browsing history. So, understanding how to view and clear your IE history can be helpful.

How to View IE History

Knowing how to view your IE history can be very helpful. It helps you to find which websites you have visited and how long you were on each page. To view your IE history, follow these steps:

Step 1: Launch Internet Explorer and simultaneously press the "Ctrl + H" key. This method applies to all versions of Internet Explorer.

Step 2: Click the "History" tab. Then you can view your IE history.

view browsing history in ie browser

Step 3: By default, your history will be sorted by date. You can use the drop-down menu at the sidebar to sort the view history by site, most visited, and order visited today.

view ie history by date

How to Clear IE History and Cache

Do you ever feel like your computer is holding onto too much information? If you're using Internet Explorer, there's an easy way to clear out your history and cache so you can start fresh. Here's how:

Step 1: Open Internet Explorer, and click the gear icon in the upper-right corner.

open setting in internet explorer

Step 2: Click "Internet options".

open internet options in internet explorer

Step 3: Choose the "General" tab. Click "Delete" under the "Browsing history" section.

delete browsing history in internet options of internet explorer

Step 4: Choose what you want to delete, then click "Delete".

Note: Clear "Form data", "Passwords", and "Tracking Protection, ActiveX Filtering and Do Not Track" may delete some valuable data.

delete browsing history in internet explorer

And that's it! Now your browsing history is cleared, and you can start fresh.

Where is IE Browser History Stored

The IE browser stores its data in your computer's hard drive, which can be viewed in File Explorer. The default location of Internet Explorer history:


Here Username is your user name.

Besides, you can find the current location of the History folder by following these steps.

Step 1: Open Internet Explorer. Go to "Tools > Internet Options".

Step 2: In the "General" tab, click on "Settings" under the "Browsing history" section.

browsing history

Step 3: You should be able to locate the current location of your temporary files where all your cache files, cookies, and history are stored. Click on "view files". That should directly take you to the location of the Temporary Internet Files.

You can delete the contents of the History folder when you're using a public computer and don't want your personal information to be left behind because webpage history stores information about the websites you visit.

You can also use the methods above to clear your browsing history.

Why is My Internet Explorer History Not Deleting

Microsoft Internet Explorer will retain the history of websites you've visited indefinitely by its default setting. Generally speaking, deleting your browsing history should be simple. If the solutions above don't work, you may try this method.

Step 1. Click "start", type "Internet Options" in the search bar, and hit Enter.

internet options in windows

Step 2: Then Select the "Content" Tab.

Step 3: Go to "AutoComplete Settings". Uncheck all boxes.

autocomplete settings

Step 4: Then Select "Delete AutoComplete History" and let it run.

Step 5: Restart Internet Explorer and the browsing history will have gone.

FAQs: How Do I Delete History on Phone

How to Delete History on iPhone/iPad

To clear your history and cookies - Navigate to "Settings > Safari" and tap "Clear History and Website Data". You can clear your history, cookies, and browsing data from Safari without changing your AutoFill information.

To clear your history and cookies in iphone

To clear your cookies and keep your history - Navigate to "Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data", then tap "Remove All Website Data".

To block cookies - Navigate to "Settings > Safari", then turn on "Block All Cookies".

Note: Some web pages might not work if you block cookies.

block all cookies in iphone

How to Delete Chrome Search History on Android

Step 1: Open the Chrome app on the phone and tap the three-dot icon.

three dot on google app

Step 2: Click "History".

browsing history in chrome

Step 3: Select "Clear browsing data..." at the bottom.

clear browsing data in chrome


The article provides instructions on how to view and clear browsing history in Internet Explorer. To view the history, the user can simultaneously press the "Ctrl + H" key. The browsing history will be ordered by date, site, visiting frequency, or visiting order. To clear the history, users can delete browsing history in "internet options". Users can delete temporary files, cookies, history, passwords, and so on here.

About the Author

Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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