Quickly delete your browser history

Check out a keyboard shortcut that quickly clears your browser history.

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Are you on a public computer and want to quickly clear your browser history? Instead of looking for an hour to do it, check out a keyboard shortcut that does the job.

It works in any browser, including Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, Brave and Mozilla Firefox, as well as on Windows or Linux computers.

How to clear your history with a keyboard shortcut
To quickly clear your browser history on a Windows PC, press the keys at the same time Ctrl+Shift+Delete while using your browser.

Now you can configure what you want to delete. Your browser will remember the settings you choose here, so you only have to set it up once.

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You can choose a time range: history from a time period such as the last hour, the last 24 hours, the last week, or since the beginning. You can also choose the types of data: browsing history, download history, cookies, cached files and more.

When you're done, click the “Clear Data” or “Clear Now” button. That's it!

Depending on your web browser of choice, you can speed things up in the future by enabling the “Delete” button with a few more clicks. You may need to go to the interface to select the Clear button before pressing Enter.

Here's how it works in some popular browsers on a Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC:

  • Google Chrome : Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete, press Tab and press Enter.
  • Mozilla Firefox : Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete and press Enter.
  • Microsoft Edge : Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete, press Tab eleven times, or press Shift+Tab three times and press Enter.
  • Brave : Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete, press Tab and press Enter.

Alternatives

If you're on a public computer, you can alternatively eliminate the need to clear your browser history by opening a window in private browsing mode.

When you are done, you just need to close the private browsing window and your browser will immediately forget the history related to your private browsing.

You can also use keyboard shortcuts to open and close a private browsing mode window. For example, on Windows, press Ctrl+Shift+N to open an Incognito window in Google Chrome, or Ctrl+Shift+P to open a Private Browsing window in Mozilla Firefox.

When you're done, press Ctrl+W to close an individual tab or Ctrl+Shift+W to close an entire window.

Just remember that incognito mode doesn't offer complete privacy online.

It only prevents your browser from saving your browsing history locally. You may want to combine it with a VPN to boost your online privacy.

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