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to delete search history

by Samm / December 20, 2004 3:15 PM PST

How do i delete a history in a search box (ie : google search box).

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to delete search history
by Echo2 / December 20, 2004 4:10 PM PST

I am not sure where else you would like to delete search history but as far as google goes, simply click the google logo to the left of the search box and select "Clear Search History". If you want to securely delete Search History then get a privacy utility like Widow Washer,CyberScrub, AntiTracks or any other such program with plugins for the google toolbar.
Are you also referring to deleting your Internet history?

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How to clear Google search history in firefox?
by grandpaw7 / February 2, 2005 3:24 AM PST

I downloaded and installed the Google toolbar. When I am using IE, the Google toolbar shows up and I can clear the Google IE search history by clicking the Google icon and clicking clear search history on the resulting menu.

But the Google toolbar isn?t there when I am using Firefox and when I use Google in Firefox the Google Firefox search history is still there.

So how can I clear out the Google Firefox search history?

When I?m using Firefox, I can sometimes clear Google search history by holding down the Shift key, then clicking the down arrow and then clicking delete to remove a single entry, or if I just hold the down key down it sometimes will scroll down and clear all of the Google entries one by one. But for some reason this doesn?t always work; I guess I?m sometimes doing something wrong but I can?t tell what since I am following the same procedure I use when it does work. But I?m assuming there is a quicker way to do this.

Isn?t there?

I have XP.

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Auto Complete for Fire FOX
by luapo / February 2, 2005 4:00 AM PST
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Luapo, that did the trick
by grandpaw7 / February 3, 2005 2:16 AM PST

Thank you. I had cleared histroy, cache, and cookies, but not saved info.

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How to clear Google search history in firefox?
by Chris Stolly / February 8, 2005 5:29 AM PST

Follow the menu path Tools>Options then click the privacy tab. If you click clear next to the Saved Form Information field Google search history will be cleared.

To stop history building up open this section and un-check the box underneath.


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clearing search history in google firefox
by Douglas Kelban / February 25, 2005 5:37 AM PST

Worked great!! Thanks

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Reply to How to clear Google search history in firefox?
by gnws01 / May 8, 2005 10:37 AM PDT

Nice one.


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Re: How to clear Google search history in firefox
by Doug L. / May 17, 2005 11:10 PM PDT

I had the same problem with Google using Firefox. Try this - when the Google history list appears - place the mouse arrow over the first item on the list, then press both the Ctrl and Shift key at the same time, then press the ''delete'' key. It should rapidly delete down through your history list until everything is gone.


Doug L.

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Clearing the Google search bar list
by kcufuoy / June 23, 2005 10:32 AM PDT


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It works.
by amroch / July 15, 2005 11:22 PM PDT

Thanks Doug L. That was great.


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by Gayan K / December 8, 2005 3:37 PM PST

Thanx tonnes, ur a legend, i cud hav neva worked that out

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how to clear Google search history
by roondog / May 23, 2005 11:48 PM PDT

I followed the directions above but not in firefox. All I did was go to and click on the search box. Once the drop-down menu opened and the first search in history was highlighted I pressed the shift key and then the delete key. The highlighted entry then deleted. I then held down both the shift and delete key and it started to delete all the entries one at a time until all were deleted.

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That's it
by bosanovaboy / July 14, 2005 3:31 AM PDT

Thank you for the answer, that's how you do it

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by Tom_SF / July 24, 2005 9:46 AM PDT

Brilliant. Why didn't I think of that???

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deleting search history in Google Homepage search
by Beth Ellen / May 26, 2005 8:06 AM PDT
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by jonah jones / May 8, 2005 11:38 AM PDT

as the "G" situated next to the address bar is a mini
"google tool bar" your reccomendation won't clear (for example) the search history of google if accessed via


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luapo's suggestion
by grandpaw7 / May 8, 2005 7:12 PM PDT
In reply to: FYI

Jonah, as best as I can tell, Luapo's suggestion works if a person doesn't have the Google toolbar, which I no longer have. I got rid of the Google toolbar because I'm too dumb to understand enough about it, and also because I couldn't get it to display the clear history item when I clicked on the G, either right or left.

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luapos' solution works (nice site too!)
by jonah jones / May 8, 2005 11:46 PM PDT
In reply to: luapo's suggestion

and did you right or left click?



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Autocomplete History?
by luapo / February 2, 2005 3:45 AM PST

History from the Google Search bar is usually stored in auto complete. This is also where passwords and data from forms that you have previously filled out can be cleared.

A tutorial for Internet Explorer on autocomplete:

Hope this helps

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better longterm option
by bevo / February 4, 2005 12:24 AM PST

As for the Google searchbar in IE, if you clear the search history, that works fine for now, but the history will build itself up again, forcing you to clear it on a regular basis (if you're trying to prevent your mom or wife from seing porn porn porn, when looking for a pie recipe). A better solution is to go to "Options" on the Google dropdown, and then to the "More" tab where you can un-click "Save the search history across browser sesions." Problem solved.

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I don't want my daughter to know
by grandpaw7 / February 4, 2005 1:37 AM PST
In reply to: better longterm option

that I've been searching for a better pie receipe than she has been using. And I'm not familiar with the term "porn"; does that have something to do with girls?

I may,however, use the technique you suggested: I don't want the attorney general to know that I checked out a muslim site.

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Did you? Find the new pie receipe
by 3151jeff / June 26, 2005 4:44 AM PDT

Let me know which pie receipe is best. I think PORN is something they used to play records on ie. Pornograph or maybe it is a Horn for a Porsche or perhaps a description of when it is really raining hard in the Ozarks ie. "it's just Porn cats and dogs"

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Deleting history in a search box
by casper2004 / February 4, 2005 2:23 AM PST

I personally think it's impossible to really get rid of the history in computers. Especially in this day and age when government has arranged it so that they can use technology against us. Call it the new world order, globalization, or even highway robbery!

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Disable Recent Documents History
by kwpt / February 4, 2005 6:36 PM PST

Disable Recent Documents History

Normally when you open or access a document or file it is added to the list of recent documents on the Start Menu. This tweak will stop files from being added to the list.

Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value called 'NoRecentDocsHistory' set the value to equal '1' to enable the restriction.

Exit your registry, you may need to restart for the changes to take effect.

Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\

System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\

Value Name: NoRecentDocsHistory
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disable restriction, 1 = enable restriction)

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Microsoft Power Toys-Tweak UI
by lazysparky / February 4, 2005 11:30 PM PST

Download MS's Power Toys 'Tweak UI' There is a part of tweak ui where you can regulate what is or isn't saved in the most recent item's start menu. >> << This is the download site. Sparky

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More info on Tweak UI
by lazysparky / February 4, 2005 11:40 PM PST

If you do DL Tweal UI, when you open it go to the left column and click the + in front of "Taskbar" then click " XP Start Menu" That's where you find the place to control the most recent item's. Sparky

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Heres your answer
by snharden / February 4, 2005 7:52 PM PST

Double click the search box and all your recent searchs will show up. Hold your mouse on the first one and hit delete on the keyword and they will be deleted...You may have to repeatedly hit the delete key. Hope this helps.

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by joeschoe / June 27, 2005 10:47 PM PDT
In reply to: Heres your answer

I've been looking for this simple solution for years.

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Deleting history in a search box
by TSStrat / February 5, 2005 9:14 AM PST

Yes, I'm afraid you are right. And it feels way too late to try to undo what we've all done.


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How about how to delete items in the IE dropdown address bar
by Alison7 / February 6, 2005 3:25 PM PST

Is there a way to delete chosen items found in the dropdown history section of the IE address bar without clearing the entire history?

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