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How to Clear Search History in Windows 11?

Every coin has two sides, no exceptional for search history in Windows 11. It has benefits and disadvantages for us and we can choose to keep or clear search histories in Windows 11.

On one hand, keeping search history will help us improve working efficiency and save time when we try to open the recent visited website. What’s more, we will never need to bear all the visited websites in mind for next access in the future.

On the other hand, keeping search history will raise up the risk for privacy leaking. And it will make the hackers attack your computer easier. What makes things worse is that too many search histories kept on your browser may lead to a slow Internet speed.

How to Clear Search History in Windows 11?

Therefore, in order to protect your privacy and your online security and speed up the surfing speed, we would recommend to clear search history in Windows 11.

Clear Search History via Browser Settings in Windows 11

If you’re using a single browser listed below, you can follow these steps to clear search histories via the browser settings because the main browser in the market has a built-in feature to do that.

For Google Chrome:

  • Launch Chrome and right click on the Settings icon on the top right corner;
  • Click Settings;
  • Click Privacy and security from the left menus;
Settings in Chrome
  • Under Clear browsing data where stores your search history, click the arrow on the right to open the the option prompt;
  • Under Basic settings, check in the option of Browsing history and click Clear data

The search history on Chrome in Windows 11 will be cleared. You can also choose whether to clear the cookies and cached files for faster speed and more secured privacy.

For Firefox:

  • Launch Firefox and right click on the Settings icon on the top right corner;
  • Click Settings;
  • Click Privacy & security from the left menu;
  • Scroll down to the History and click Clear history;
Clear History on Firefox
  • We can also modify the preference of Firefox never to remember the history.
Never Remember History on Firefox

For Microsoft Edge:

  • Launch Edge and right click on the Settings icon on the top right corner;
  • Click Settings;
  • Under Privacy, search & service, scroll down to the Clear data;
  • Choose Clear data immediately and choose which kind of history to clear and click Clear now to finish it.

For Edge, we can also find the option to check clear all the data when close the browser, then Edge will not remember and tack any accessing history.

The steps mentioned above are all about the clear the website history on browsers. If we want to clear all the search behaviors on browser, we should also choose to clear the cookies by following the the similar steps.

Clear Search History via System Settings in Windows 11

If you’re using more than one browser in Windows 11, please follow the steps below to clear search history for time-saving.

  • Launch Start Menu and click Settings;
  • Scroll down your mouse and choose Search permissions;
  • Under History which stores your search history on this device, click Clear device search history.
Clear device history in Windows 11

Of course, if you do not prefer Windows 11 to track your search behaviors, you can also choose to turn off the search history storage.

Frances

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