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Deleting Browser History

Internet Explorer 7 makes it much easier to delete your browsing history. In previous versions, you had to make separate deletions for cache files, cookies, visited URLs, saved form data, and saved passwords. In Internet Explorer 7, you select Tools, Delete Browsing History to display the Delete Browsing History dialog box shown in Figure 21.16. From here, you can delete the browser history by category:

  • Temporary Internet Files— Click Delete Files to remove all files from the Internet Explorer cache, located in the following folder:

    %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
  • Cookies— Click Delete Cookies to remove all the cookies files (see the next section for details on cookies) from the following folder:

    %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies

    Tip

    If you just want to delete certain cookies—for example, those from advertisers—open the Cookies folder and delete the files individually.


  • History— Click Delete History to remove the list of websites you’ve visited, which resides as files in the following folder:

    %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History

    Tip

    If you just want to delete history from a certain site, day, or week, click Favorites Center (or press Alt+C), and click History to display the History list. If you want to delete just a few sites, open the appropriate History branch, and then, for each site, right-click the site and then click Delete. If you want to delete a number of sites, right-click the appropriate day or week and then click Delete. Click Yes when Internet Explorer asks you to confirm.


  • Form Data— Click Delete Forms to remove your saved form data.

  • Passwords— Click Delete Passwords to remove your saved passwords.

    Figure 21.16. Use the Delete Browsing History dialog box to delete some or all of your Internet Explorer 7 browsing history.


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