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Deleting Google history takes a few steps, depending on what Google history you mean. Here are step-by-step instructions for deleting Google history.

I want to delete the items that show up automatically when I search for something using Google's toolbar. I'll admit it, there are some terms there that I'd not want others to see. How do I clear that?

That's actually a composite question from several related questions that I get several times each day. People search for things on Google, and then they don't want the evidence of what they searched for to remain.

Fair enough.

But there's an amazing amount of confusion. Some say "Google toolbar" and mean "Google toolbar". Others say "Google toolbar" and mean ... well, apparently they mean something else.

And naturally the difference is important in answering the question.

Google Toolbar

The true, Google Toolbar is software that you download from Google that places an additional toolbar within your browser specifically for Google-related features and functionality. It's available for at least Internet Explorer and Firefox, and perhaps other browsers.

Here's the Google Toolbar with the search history dropped down:

Google Toolbar Search History Dropped Down

You know it's the Google toolbar because of the Google logo on the left.

In the past, my advice was to hit the options button on the Google Toolbar, turn OFF Drop Down Search History and press OK. Then repeat that process to turn it back on, after which the history appeared to be gone.

In later versions of the toolbar it's way easier. Click on the Google logo, and then click on Clear Search History:

Google Toolbar Search History Clear Option

You may need to hit refresh, or restart your browser for the last vestiges to disappear.

That's all there is to it.

Browser Address Bar

"...it's very easy to leave traces of what you've been up to in various places."

A lot of people don't realize that the browser's address bar can also act as a search tool. And if you've set your default search engine to be Google, well, that kind of, sort of, acts like the Google toolbar also, even though it's not.

Here you can see I've started typing my name into the Internet Explorer address bar, and a dropdown shows a few interesting options:

IE Address bar History

Now, it's interesting to note that those items shown here actually don't come from my search or browse history. "Leo" is the name of the machine, and if selected would open up a Windows Explorer like view of my machine. "Links" is the item from my "Favorites" menu, and "LinkSys" is, in fact, a shortcut placed on my Favorites menu. So many of the items that will show up here are not related to your history at all.

If you are seeing history items in your Internet Explorer address bar, there are a couple of things you'll want to do to clear it.

Click on the Tools menu, then on Internet Options..., and then on the General tab, if it's not already showing.

IE Options General Tab

Click on the Clear History button, and confirm that you want your history deleted. Note that this will clear all of your history, including the list of places you've visited in the History window.

Other browsers, such as Firefox, have similar functionality, and will have similar options to control and flush your history.

Windows

I've been told that another, somewhat surprising, place to delete history is in the Windows Start menu.

Close your browser. Right click on the Start button, and click on Properties, and then on the Customize button, and finally the Advanced tab. You should see something like this (it differs slightly if you're using the "Classic" Start Menu):

Windows Advanced Start Menu Customization

Click on the Clear List button to clear the history of recently visited documents. Apparently the definition of a "document" might well include things you've visited or searched for on the web, and may also show up in IE's address bar.

Google - sort of

The last place we'll look is at the Google web page itself. People to seem to ask about "The Google Toolbar", when in fact they really mean this:

Google Website with Items

This is not the Google Toolbar, but rather simply the Google web site. And the history shown actually has almost nothing to do with Google itself, but rather your browser trying to be helpful filling in the "form" that is the Google search box.

So to clear this item, we need to once again dive into our browser's options.

In Internet Explorer, click on the Tools menu, then on Internet Options..., and then on the Content tab:

Internet Explorer Options, Content Tab

In there, click on the AutoComplete... button for this dialog:

Internet Explorer Options, Auto Complete

Hit the Clear Forms button.

As you can tell, it's very easy to leave traces of what you've been up to in various places. Naturally it would make sense to exercise caution when searching if you're at all concerned about your privacy.

Mac Users

My friend Dave Taylor has the Mac-equivalent steps you'll want to take for Safari: How do I clear recent searches from Safari and Google?.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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252 Comments
farhan
July 26, 2004 12:20 AM

http://ask-leo.com/archives/000175.html

jake
July 29, 2004 4:27 PM

ya umm i dont know how to delete the hitory off of the google toolbar can u helo me out how can i do that?? thank you fo r your patience and time.........

Leo
July 29, 2004 4:29 PM

Simply follow the instructions in the article you just commented on.

ClaudineEspinal
September 6, 2004 5:13 PM

How Do I Delete my history From the tool bar list

Richard
September 21, 2004 10:06 PM

on my AOL 9.0 optimized LE under the window to go to the internet there is a dropdown that tells me every transaction I have ever done. I have very limited memory space and I don't want everyone (girlfriend) to be able to drop this window down and look at what I have been doing. I don't really do much wrong but if she found somehing she will make a mountain out of it. SO, how can I delete this dropdown called MY HISTORY???
THANKS

terence davies
September 29, 2004 10:03 AM

how do i delete itemsfrom my google toolbar?;;

cliff
October 11, 2004 4:48 PM

how do i delete my history from my tool bar????

arshad
October 18, 2004 6:04 AM

how should i delete histry in google tool bar

jd
October 19, 2004 5:12 PM

for everyone in trouble for searching something you dont want anyone else to see all you have to do is click once in the google search box and use your arrow keys to highlight the search you want to delete then hit the delete key and it should delete it.

STEPHEN
October 24, 2004 2:27 AM

i want to delete URLs the address bar.

STEPHEN
October 24, 2004 2:29 AM

how do i delete URLs from the address bar

ramakrishnan
October 24, 2004 6:20 AM

to delete the url's from the address bar ,
1. first open u'r internet explorer.
2.click on "tools" on the top.
3.click on internet options.
4.click on "general" on the top.
5.click on "clear history"button.
6.click on apply else ok.

Austen
October 27, 2004 2:12 PM

how do you delete the adresses (sites u been to recently)on google search bar???????

Austen
October 27, 2004 2:13 PM

how do you delete the adresses (sites u been to recently)on google search bar???????

ramakrishnan
October 27, 2004 10:00 PM

In the google search bar,just double click in the empty search bar where u can see all the addresss which u typed.just highlight one address and keep on tapping the delete key in u'r keyboard.

gok
November 1, 2004 9:51 PM

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ANON
November 5, 2004 6:23 AM

GO TO TOOLS, INTERNET OPTIONS, CONTENT, AUTOCOMPLETE- CLEAR FORMS, CLEAR PASSWORDS THEN OK!

Bunty
November 8, 2004 10:30 AM

thanks+thanks..................................................................................................................thanks sir

Robert Galloway
November 10, 2004 12:45 PM

how do i delete the images ive looked at in google

Robert Galloway
November 10, 2004 12:46 PM

how do i delete the images ive looked at in google

ramakrishnan
November 10, 2004 8:22 PM

open internet explorer--click on tools--internet options and click on delete cookies,delete files and also click on clear history and click on apply else ok

Sunil
November 17, 2004 9:49 AM

I WENT TO BAD WEB SITES LAST NIGHT FROM GOOGLE.COM. AFTER DOING THAT I CLEANED MY INTERNATE HISTORY. BUT WHEN EVER I GO BACK TO GOOGLE.COM AND TYPE SOME THING AT THE BOTTOM IT SHOWS ME WHAT I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR.
AND I DON'T WANT TO LET ANYBODY TO KNOW WHAT I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR.
PLEASE HELP ME TO CLEAR MY GOOGLE.COM HISTORY OTHERWISE SOME OTHER PEOPLE USE MY COMPUTER WILL FIND OUT THAT I AM A BAD BOY. I WILL NEVER GO TO BAD WEB SITES.
THANK YOU

michael
November 18, 2004 3:41 PM

thanks yur a good help

micheal
November 18, 2004 6:18 PM

thankes yur a good help

micheal
November 18, 2004 6:19 PM

thankes yur a good help

micheal
November 18, 2004 6:19 PM

thankes yur a good help

michael
November 18, 2004 6:22 PM

thanck yur a good help

tom
November 18, 2004 6:28 PM

how do i delet my history

micthell
November 18, 2004 6:39 PM

how do i delete the images iv looked at on google

nat
November 18, 2004 7:27 PM

can you delete my google histry pleez.thanks

Jesus
November 24, 2004 11:11 AM

Thanks 4 the help my friend from Mexico!...

boover
November 28, 2004 6:01 AM

how do i either get rid of,or delete what iv typed into my yahoo search box

boover
November 28, 2004 6:01 AM

how do i either get rid of,or delete what iv typed into my yahoo search box

Ash
November 30, 2004 10:18 AM

Please delete my recent searches on the google toolbar. thanksxxx

Kelly
November 30, 2004 1:11 PM

I need to delete my search history, but I do not see a "Google toolbar". I just dealing with the Google homepage.

ramakrishnan
December 1, 2004 10:25 PM

if u have any problems mail to ramakrishnan@dellmail.com

Harry
December 3, 2004 1:43 PM

It wont let me delete the drop down google bar by using the arrows and pressing delete, and I seriously need to hide them. I am using FireFox, please help!

brooklyn
December 4, 2004 12:28 PM

how do i delete my history on my computer

joe
December 15, 2004 5:06 PM

Delete just from pc.

chris moriarty
February 5, 2005 11:10 AM

how do i get rid of old searches on google?

crow
February 5, 2005 11:56 PM

For Firefox/google ...Click on 'Tools' on your toolbar...select Options from the drop-down ..select Privacy.. select 'Saved form information' uncheck 'Save information on forms and searchbar' option..and click on delete there to clear existing history. For Intern. Expl. just highlight history on search bar and press delete key on keyboard.

???
February 15, 2005 2:38 PM

how do i delete the old searches on the google web sight and not the toolbar?

Leo
February 15, 2005 7:21 PM

That's not Google-specific, that just Internet Explorer's auto-complete feature. Tools -> Internet Options -> Content -> Personal Information -> AutoComplete. There you can clear the cache as well as configure its behaviour.

Neville
February 20, 2005 2:34 PM

on my AOL 9.0 optimized LE under the window to go to the internet there is a dropdown that tells me every transaction I have ever done. I have very limited memory space and I don't want everyone (girlfriend) to be able to drop this window down and look at what I have been doing. I don't really do much wrong but if she found somehing she will make a mountain out of it. SO, how can I delete this dropdown called MY HISTORY???

ronnied
February 21, 2005 6:34 PM

this website did not help me on deleting my history here is how you do it on aol go to settings then go to toolbar settings its in alphabetical order then of course hit the clear histoy button and all the websites you visited are gone

sartre
February 22, 2005 5:14 PM

I Figured it out...go to TOOLS scroll all the way down to INTERNET OPTIONS, there should be a little file/tag that says "general" at the top. The bottom of that page says history-you can psuh the "clear history" button and then push "apply" before exiting! this worked for me

bakamuna
February 23, 2005 8:48 AM

web page on google short cuts shows how do remove form entries.
What had got many bothered is how to get rid of unwanted search bar entries. As seach bar entry is a form entry, the short cut prescribed for deletion of form entries should do it. I have tried and it worked.
The way to do it is (i)In the search bar type the forst letter of the entry you want to remove.(ii)Go down the list to entry to be removed. (iii) Press shift + delete.

It works.

bakamuna
February 23, 2005 8:59 AM

In my earlier posting 'forst should be read as 'first'. sorry for any inconvenience.

sharon cashmore
March 5, 2005 6:52 AM

i am trying to save items i search for on the google tool bar - how do i do this - i cannot find the options button

Shawn
March 15, 2005 11:15 PM

THIS IS HOW YOU DELETE YOUR GOOGLE HISTORY!
EVERYONE WANTS TO SELL YOU CRAP SO THEY NEVER TELL YOU HOW EASY IT REALLY IS. THIS IS WHAT YOU DO! click: Tools ---> Internet Options ---> Content---> Auto Complete---> Clear Forms---> OK--->OK-->OK----> wham bam thankyou ma'm
Or all you have to do is type a letter and when the history drops down you can scroll to any past history thingy and hit {delete} once. It really that freakin easy. If I have helped you out, drop me an e-mail and let me know. Or if you wanna help me for helping you ;) I need a video camera, advise from a patent lawyer, small buisness grant information, tennis shoes 10 1/2, and all kinds of stuff, If you wanna hook me up please write me at Lexus_sc007@yahoo.com
COO BEANS

Anonamous
March 25, 2005 7:25 AM

How do I delete items in the address bar?

saif shaikh
March 26, 2005 11:25 AM

The help you gave about turning off "drop list history" in the google toolbar options doesn't work. To be more specific, when I turn it on it shows. And when I turn it off it still shows.

venkadesh
March 31, 2005 1:17 AM

pl.how delete from google search address from toolbar

venkadesh
March 31, 2005 3:00 AM

please reply

nate
March 31, 2005 7:35 PM

thanx shawn your way really works the best and ive tried the one guys and couldnt figure it out but your is the best i recamend useing yours.

hacksur
April 9, 2005 9:02 AM

iŽdont know which version of google bar you have but its easy to do it...

just clik on the down arrow on google`s name in the bar and you`ll see "Clear Search History".

If it doen`t appear just install the last version of it .

I hope it helps ...bye

siroos
April 20, 2005 7:05 AM

Hi

How do I delete all history items in my google?

Leo
April 20, 2005 8:28 AM

If you mean the google web page, that's just internet explorer's autocomplete feature - not specific to google at all.

Go to Tools, Internet Options, Content, Auto Complete, and you can control the feature and clear the history.

Rawya
April 24, 2005 12:12 AM

Hi .. i got it .

on the left hand side of the Google Toolbar
you see Goolge logo its a drop down list its not the the Search Web its name is Google.
Open this drop down and you will find Clear Search History.

Thanks

Bill
May 3, 2005 12:48 PM

I am using AOL 9.0 and have tried to remove the items from the dropdown "my history" and cannot.
Please advise.

Unknown
May 11, 2005 1:13 PM

Hello i was wondering what if you want to remove the google homepage history recent searches like you go to type in a search and it comes down with the stuff youve been looking up and what if your school admin has set a password for the content bar in internet options.?

Claire
May 14, 2005 4:34 AM

I use the google mainpage search bar (not the toolbar), and for the life of me I couldn't figure out how to clear the dropdown list of searched items (no options button). So eventually I manually highlighted each of the search phrases that I wanted to delete and hit Shift& delete. I've learned my lesson. From now on, I'll use the google toolbar. Any better suggestions?

Leo
May 14, 2005 8:35 PM

That's just internet explorer's autocomplete feature - not specific to google at all.

Go to Tools, Internet Options, Content, Auto Complete, and you can control the feature and clear the history.

John
May 27, 2005 11:36 PM

Thank you, Claire! Your advice worked!
John

Bob
June 1, 2005 1:28 PM

How do i delete the contents off of google that i have looked at?

Leo
June 2, 2005 1:41 PM

That's this article: http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_delete_items_ive_been_to_using_google.html

ayse
June 6, 2005 1:35 PM

I was wondering about my previous researches... I looked for my boyfriend's ex girlfriends. thanks a lot. You saved my relationship... thanks a lot

Steve K.
June 12, 2005 8:22 AM

How do I get rid of the "My History" list below the Aol toolbar? Thanks.

Mike
June 21, 2005 10:52 AM

I use google desktop search. I had a rather dirty email conversation with a lovely young lady on my PC at work. I would obviously like to delete any trace of the conversation. What can I do?? I run the google desktop search, and I can see the entier conversation even though I have deleted cookies, temp internet files, cache.. HELP!! Leo, if you hook me up, you got a latte coming!

-Mike

Fahad
June 21, 2005 1:19 PM

how do i delete the dropdown list in the google search area. please help me

Leo
June 22, 2005 5:38 PM

Mike: apparently the "official" way to clear Google's desktop search index is to uninstall it, and reinstall it. I found this thread on it: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=459249

Leo
June 22, 2005 5:39 PM

Fahad: That's this article: http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_delete_items_ive_been_to_using_google.html

shwan
July 4, 2005 5:11 PM

its the easiest thing in the world
Tools
Internet Option
Content (ontop)
Autocomplete
OK
Its done, write me back and tell me how awesome I am!

victor
July 15, 2005 12:24 AM

dude i love you man you are friggin sweet... can i have ur e-mail adress you saved my friggin skin

Dambar Raj Paudel
July 17, 2005 11:52 PM

How do I delete history items from my Google tool bar?

debanik de
July 25, 2005 6:41 AM

ihave read the article but i am still not clear how to delete history items from my google toolbar.

tevhide
July 25, 2005 11:27 AM

How do I get rid of the "My History" list below the adress toolbar? Thanks.

Leo
July 25, 2005 9:40 PM

I believe you want this article: http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_delete_items_ive_been_to_using_google.html

Zaki
August 1, 2005 10:12 AM

Ow thank you sir, that was amazing and easy as well. I really wanted and it helped me, what a massive help that was, thank you one more time.

sadik mh
August 5, 2005 2:48 AM

how do I delete history items from my google tool bar

marta
August 6, 2005 4:53 AM

Thank you very much, we all need more people like you! Where are you from?

p.s. how can we erase anything we've ever looked up on our pc's I'm sure there's alot of info stored somewhere. I already know about internet options and erase history, but isn't it stored somewhere else?

thanks again

Leo
August 8, 2005 9:32 AM

Actually I would use Microsoft AntiSpyware program - it has a number of tools for erasing your tracks. http://ask-leo.com/recommendation_microsoft_antispyware.html

Frank
August 24, 2005 5:39 PM

Hey i was wandering how to delete the previously searched items that appear in the dropdown bar of google

steve
September 4, 2005 7:40 PM

How do I delete the history from the search toolbar at the top of the screen?

mike
September 5, 2005 6:23 AM

I did what you said to remove the items from the google address bar. They are still there. What now?

pietro
September 5, 2005 1:00 PM

Many thanks for your advice on deleting history items in the google tool bar. The steps your suggested immediately cleared them. I have turned the search history back on as suggested and will remember to carry out the procedure from time to time.

Regards,

pietro

Mahin
September 21, 2005 12:33 AM

Hello.

Pls. tell me how to delete history from google history.

natalie
September 29, 2005 3:33 PM

thank you so much Leo .. i am pc challenged and yet was able to follow your instructions..and yep if i could i would buy Leo 2 lattes! Have an awesome day. Natz

martin
October 7, 2005 9:00 AM

thx

ravindra
October 14, 2005 11:00 PM

Hello.

Pls. tell me how to delete history from google history
Pls tell me immediately.

wr
ravindra

john
October 22, 2005 2:33 PM

hey thnx i did what u said, i just have one question uve wriiten the history "appears" to be gone, wat do u mean by this

Leo
October 22, 2005 8:29 PM

It means that I didn't see it, so it looks to be gone, but I did not dig deeply to make positively certain it isn't still stored somewhere else. I'd think not, but ya never know.

Jon
October 26, 2005 1:25 PM

Hey i was wandering how to delete the previously searched items that appear in the dropdown bar of google

"How do I delete history items from my Google tool bar?"
October 27, 2005 8:01 AM

Please help me to discard all history from my Google tool bar!

Leo A. Notenboom
October 27, 2005 8:52 AM

That's what the article you just commented on covers.

raza
October 29, 2005 1:49 AM

how can i delete history from google ?

ASHOK
November 4, 2005 5:14 AM

plz tell me how i can delete the items which i searched in google search

Rich
November 8, 2005 7:39 AM

I have Windows XP, using Netscape I can not delete Google Search History fm the dropdown search.

When I right click on the Tool Bar Google Logo the "Clear Search History" is not highlited. I have gone to Tools>Options>Privacy and cleared "Search History" and "Clear My Tracks on Exit" but these do not delete Google Search History.

I have also right clicked on the Google Search where all searched items appear on the dropdown, highlited , drug the mouse across and hit "Shift - Delete" together. This will delete the item, but when reopening Google it is back.

Am I the only one experiencing this problem???
Tks, Rich

Sarah
November 13, 2005 12:57 AM

How do i delete searched items from my google history? I tried to do what you said but it didnt work, what should i do?

dennis yeager
November 16, 2005 5:07 AM

I went through all the steps prompted, but the history in google still exist. What else should I try?

rashme
November 18, 2005 7:16 AM

how i can delete history from my googgle tool bar? please help me

dummmie
November 18, 2005 5:14 PM

how do i delete my google history?

aqua
November 19, 2005 5:17 PM

Next to the multi-colored word 'Google' is a little solid black arrow. Click on that then click on 'clear search history'

harry
November 21, 2005 2:08 AM

just click in google search toolbar and the click down arrow and delete the option by delete key. Again press down arrow and delete next item.

VB
November 26, 2005 10:50 PM

How do I delete the drop-down list of my past searches?


You can clear your Google search history from the Google search box, the Google Toolbar, or your browser. We've included instructions for all three methods below.

CLEARING YOUR GOOGLE SEARCH BOX HISTORY

The search history that displays in the search box on the Google homepage is stored by your browser, not by Google. Instructions appear below for disabling this search history in common browsers. If your browser isn't listed, we suggest consulting its online support center.

Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Go to the "Tools" menu.
2. Select "Internet Options" and the "Content" tab.
3. Within the "Personal information" area, select "AutoComplete."
4. Click on "Clear Forms." You can also un-check the "Forms" box in this window to keep this information from being stored in the future.
5. Click "OK" to exit.

Alternatively, you can delete individual entries from your search history by using the Down arrow key to highlight a previous search, then pressing the Delete key once.

Regards

saj
November 28, 2005 4:39 PM

thnx a million
i owe you so much i didnt realize that where ever i went ,on net,it was being recorded until now

uve saved my neck.thnx

buddy

Harsha
November 30, 2005 3:02 PM

hey guys just searching for this topic and finally got it.

Thanks...specially would like to Thank VB
Bye..

Rich
December 2, 2005 7:30 AM

VB, Tks for you input. But, how do you delete Google past searches on Netscape. As stated before nothing on the "Tools" will delete these and when clicking on the "Netscape, Google Search" down arrow the "Clear Search History" drop down is not highlited. The only way I can delete is going to Google page, left click in the box. When the drop down items appear, highlite the first, hold "Shift" then "Delete" unitl all are deleted.
RWL

Barbara
December 2, 2005 5:26 PM

It Worked!!!!
Thanks Leo, You are the Best....I read the article and got all my stuff deleted from Google.

Good thing they don't require a licence to own a computer....there would be a lot of people like me....without one....LOL

Thanks again,
Barbara

ummm
December 3, 2005 8:51 AM

"How do I delete history items from my Google tool bar?":

mike
December 6, 2005 2:06 PM

INTERESTING SUBJECT, BECAUSE, WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DONT DELELE THEM? IS THAT LINE GOING TO GET LONGER AND LONGER, OR IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?

tara
December 9, 2005 9:01 AM

hey leo thanks a bunch! worked like a charm. you totally rock.

Roger
December 17, 2005 5:06 AM

RICH of December 2 '05 seems to have the ONLY way to delete the Google Search Box history for Netscape 8.
Thanks a lot, Rich!

Does anyone know of another way for Netscape 8?

farooq hejazi
December 18, 2005 1:00 AM

hello Leo.

taskbar & start has unused icons,

Q:
how to delete unused icons from,taskbar & start menu?

Paul Roy
December 28, 2005 11:03 PM

I have followed your dirctions for deleting history from my Google tool bar and also Rich's suggestion to highlight each site and click delete and neither works. I am using internet explorer. Any other suggestions?

Larry
December 29, 2005 8:39 PM

To delete Google Search History, click on the "Google" icon to the left of the text block on the Google Tool Bar. Then, click on "Clear Search History." That's it!

ashley
January 1, 2006 7:51 AM

Thanks a bunch I finally got the stuff off my google toolbar! You're great!

rajeev
January 2, 2006 10:58 PM

how do i delete history item from my google tool bar

Hamsi
January 16, 2006 3:08 AM

Hi Leo,
I have Google Search page as my Home page setup. wondering how can i can delete the previously searched list of words or phrases. i tried deleting the temp files and history, but it doesnt help.any suggestions?

Greg
January 16, 2006 5:58 AM

The easiest way is as per Larry's post on 29 Dec. I have been wondering forever how to rid the toolbar of all the sites and searches, and now, following his advice, clicking on the 'google' to the left of the searchbar, and then on delete... - and they're all gone. Phew - thanks Larry. u da man!

nikky
January 16, 2006 12:33 PM

omfg!! i love u!! it worked!! im so happy lmao!! ty again!! mwahugs

mr man
January 16, 2006 1:01 PM

i dont know if your advice works for the google home page problem - theres no google icon to the left to click on. id still like to know if theres a way of deleting it

a girl
January 17, 2006 12:21 AM

uhmm... guys. The google thing is really not so complicated, although it would be nice if they made a button for it : )
You can remove google page history manualy by highlighting the search item (move mouse to); dont click, but press delete will 'magically'disappear. good luck to all,

garry
January 18, 2006 2:21 AM

how can i delete google history

garry
January 18, 2006 2:23 AM

please tell me today it self

jacky chou
January 18, 2006 8:34 PM

o yea and...u can delete it by using the arrow keys ...wen hilited theword..or history u press the delete button not the backspace, the DELETE ONE!

DAT
January 19, 2006 1:26 PM

I can't get anything to clear my search history. First, I have clicked on all of the possible Google icons without any success. No menus drop down. I have highlighted specific items and hit "delete" also without any success. I have gone into my Netscape browser and tried to clear page search, but the "clear" button is grayed out. What's next?

Preet
January 21, 2006 11:02 AM

When i do the uncheck to drop down history it removes history from tool bar,but what i should do to remove history which appear in the web page when i open the google home page.
I am unable to remove history from main page,
Tell me leo what u suggest for this
Preet

Laura
January 21, 2006 12:49 PM

I have been trying to delete my google history for months now. my husband, who claims to be a "computer expert", could not even explain how to do it. Finally i stumbled across your web site, and wa-la, no more history. thank you

susan brandao
January 21, 2006 1:22 PM

how do i delete history items from my windows google tool bar using mozilla foxfire?

Jinx
January 21, 2006 11:35 PM

Please Help!

My little brother was on computer and searched, for well, he's 14 you can figure it out, and I want it off my google thing. Now Every time I typ "Se" into the bar, something drops down, how do i delete automatic repsonses on a Mac OSX?

priya
January 23, 2006 10:03 AM

even if i highlight the search item (move mouse to)and press delete option i couldnt delete the google history...watelse can i do?

yiwei
January 24, 2006 3:28 AM

How do I delete history items from my Google tool bar? becuase there is too many item can't delete.

michael
January 24, 2006 9:04 AM

how do i delete all recent internet searches and webpages i have been on from my computer

Matt
January 24, 2006 3:21 PM

how do i delete all the searches on the web page

Carla
January 24, 2006 6:09 PM

To do this, in Internet Explorer 5 or higher, select "Tools" from the menu, then "Internet Options" and then choose the "Content" tab. Next, look for the button at the bottom that says "AutoComplete." Click on the button which will make the AutoComplete Settings window appear. In it, click on the "Clear Forms" button to delete all your stored form entries.

By the way, I personally find AutoComplete very handy for dealing with all the forms I encounter on the web. If you aren't using it and want it, follow the steps above to get the AutoComplete Settings window. Then, checked the boxes under "Use AutoComplete For" to start having information saved.

Finally, if you are a Google Toolbar user, the techniques above won't work to remove your past searches from the toolbar. Instead, you'll need to click on the Google logo next to the Google Toolbar's search box, then choose "Clear Search History" from the drop-down box that appears.

vivian binion
January 26, 2006 7:13 AM

i need to delete google history

jon
January 26, 2006 12:35 PM

i found out how!!!!! on mozilla forefox!!!! click on tools, click clear private data, check what historys you want deleted.... and viola!!!! history is deleted!!!!!!

Joe
January 29, 2006 8:36 AM

In response to jinx's request

On the google main page type "se" in the search area and when the dropdown box apears hover your mouse over the bad searches and press delete.If you want to delete all the history then double click on the search box and repeat.
I hope that helps

Najeeth
February 3, 2006 10:42 AM

It worked out the suggestion was good-Thank U

aaron
February 3, 2006 4:02 PM

how do i delete every thing i went to on google

Martin
February 4, 2006 2:17 AM

Hey thanks a lot to everyone, now I can go on porn without my girlfriend finding out. Well I must be off, my wrist needs to lend a helping hand to a certain muscle of mine! =P

Cheers everybody! xXxXx

Richard
February 7, 2006 3:35 PM

I need to delete Google history but am using a mac....

nick
February 8, 2006 2:18 AM

I have Safari on a Apple computer and cant delete the google hisotry items from the tool bar. Please help.

krishna
February 15, 2006 8:54 AM

how t delete google history

chuck
February 15, 2006 9:53 AM

Running mozilla firefox on XP..tried the above but to no avail...what next?

john
February 15, 2006 12:44 PM

how do i delete history items from my tool bar

santhosh
February 16, 2006 7:59 AM

how to delete google history

Sarah
February 19, 2006 4:18 AM

I have not managed to delete history from the Google search drop down list despite trying to follow instructions given on this site. Please clarify.

Leo A. Notenboom
February 19, 2006 11:31 AM

This article was significantly rewritten today. Comments prior to this may no longer apply.

Christian Freeman
February 19, 2006 9:01 PM

How do I delete history from google on a mac?

shashi
February 20, 2006 12:27 PM

thankx for given information.

robert maxted
February 23, 2006 11:21 AM

ive tried the above and nothing happened.im running firefox, is there another way of deleting the google web page searches?

raina
February 25, 2006 1:39 AM

Hallow Mr Leo,
Am facing a problem with the paste ... I can copy but I cant paste !
I saw ur answers about this issues and I tried them all but I it didnt fixed ... I dont know why ... this problems just come with one user, I deleted the user that have this prblems but I copied all of his doc. and Favorate and floders and I paste them in a new user ... but I found now that the problem is back agian ... so maybe it is something with the doc he have or what do u think exactly coz when I open any computer with this user it gives the same problem again and makes the problem exist also in the computer for all the user who uses the computer after him.!
Plz send me your suggestions for what can I do .

Thanks in advance ,

sincerely ,
Raina

annedakmak93
March 2, 2006 3:14 PM

Tried to delete the History with instructions galore, but everything either deletes for real, or returns after a time to the former place. I want to choose the items that I will return to from time to time, and that seems impossible. My comment is do not put the web site in the address bar if you can help it, put it in the Google Search bar. I hope!

arshad hassan
March 2, 2006 8:33 PM

thankyou very very much
excellent way of making people understand.
very nicely and graphically explained examples

sean lam
March 3, 2006 9:10 AM

how do u do this on firefox

junior
March 3, 2006 4:25 PM

it really help me thank you so much

Heather L. Maule
March 3, 2006 5:12 PM

Thanks you!!! Like many others, there were some sites on my google search I didn't want anyone else to see lol

Dambar Raj Paudel
March 4, 2006 5:53 AM

Finally I m able to make an engine which can delate all history google memory as well as a inbox for the seperate google search u can send me mail to get it
in raajme690@hotmail.com

Nick G.
March 4, 2006 6:08 PM

When I type a letter in the address bar, all sites I've recently visited come up. I don't want a few of the sites and I've tried deleting the history many times and following all the steps in the manual above, and nothing is working.

Raj
March 6, 2006 11:23 AM

Thank u so much sir .......
Coz there are very minors comment but we never look at this ...
Thank u for helping me

Andres
March 6, 2006 5:45 PM

thank you very much leo another question leo if i turn the browser back on will my histstory stil be on it

vadivel
March 11, 2006 4:50 AM

Dear friend i mtrying to dele my goole toolbar history.but i cant .please help me for the same

rami
March 11, 2006 8:27 AM

thanks man you're the best

Jim
March 13, 2006 6:20 PM

Thanks Leo. Now leo, Can you tell me if it is possible to disable the search history altogether so that I dont have to do all the steps described above. I bet not. Thanks

Carroll
March 14, 2006 10:22 AM


Wow. You seem to be really informed and offer clear and concise answers.

How can I delete my name so that it will not show up on Google. Or, more importantly, how can I delete my resume that someone posted on the Internet?

Carroll B. Correll

Carroll
March 14, 2006 10:28 AM


Leo, you are indeed gifted and your explanations are clear and professionally offered.

I have a question: How do I keep my name showing up in a Google search. Specifically, there is a personal resume that someone posted to the internet and I want to delete it somehow?

Carroll

Leo
March 14, 2006 10:42 AM

In general -- you cannot. It's at least very difficult. This article covers the situation: http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_remove_myself_from_the_search_engines.html

Nicole Squires
March 19, 2006 1:27 PM

That was SUPER helpful - thank you - wanted to know for years ;)

alex
March 21, 2006 10:19 AM

thanks thanks thanks again

Rajesh Bhandari
March 22, 2006 3:02 AM

Leo thank you very much for your solution .
another same question How do I keep history items to my Google tool bar?give write solution .bye

amy
March 22, 2006 3:51 AM

thanks sooooo much leo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! your a life saver!
-amy

Kelly
March 22, 2006 6:02 AM

excellent source of information. Thanks for your help.

donna alison norman
March 27, 2006 5:58 AM

how do i keep addresses in my toolbar as they are there one minuite and not the next?

Brian
March 29, 2006 4:55 AM

Great article, but I need more. I primarily use Netscape. How do you clear the search history when accessing throught the website with this browser? Thanks!

Harold Boulton
April 1, 2006 5:40 AM

I have been told by AOL that the easiest way to delete history at the end of your work is to simply press "Ctrl" and "H" and you will be asked whether you wish to delete the content of the history list.
I have found it works every time.

Kassie
April 2, 2006 6:59 PM

"This is not the Google Toolbar, but rather simply the Google web site. And the history shown actually has almost nothing to do with Google itself, but rather your browser trying to be helpful filling in the "form" that is the Google search box.

So to clear this item, we need to once again dive into our browser's options.

In Internet Explorer, click on the Tools menu, then on Internet Options..., and then on the Content tab:"

Thats what i wanted to clear, but im using mozilla firefox. How do i do it from there?

Carroll
April 3, 2006 2:18 PM

Will you please delete my name from your web site? Thanks so very much and best wishes,

Carroll

Tazz
April 4, 2006 4:27 PM

I currently use MSN Explorer. When I go on the google website, it remembers my history. I've tried everything, how do I erase that from the searchbar?

Jake
April 6, 2006 7:00 PM

Hey that really worked, thanks soooo much. 10/10

mike
April 11, 2006 3:16 PM

How do I delete google history from the google web site? Iam using mozilla firefox and there is no internet options ?

Jeffrey Hughes
April 12, 2006 12:31 PM

I have 2 internet programs (Internet Explorer & Mozilla Firefox) and i want to clear the Mozilla Firefox history but when i go to internet options it will only let me clear the Internet Explorer history.

So how do i clear the Mozilla Firefox history?

Helpful
April 15, 2006 1:19 AM

Thx a lot i searched for porn sites in google. then when i cleared the history the stuff was still there in google. I wouuld have been screwed by my dad even though i am only 13 years.
THXXXXXXXXXXXXX

nick
April 16, 2006 11:26 PM

THANK U SOO MUCH!!! U R A GENIOUS!!!

jack
April 17, 2006 5:59 AM

thank u so much

nick
April 18, 2006 11:14 PM

Hi Leo,
I want to delete my google search from address bar. But they didn't delete. i m clearing my history via delete history. but two or three pages still remain. they didn't delete. when i type first letter of webpage address they both of them appear. Wht did we do now?

Waiting for ur answer,

Thnks,
Nick

Sam
April 20, 2006 11:06 AM

I KNOW HOW TO CLEAR MOZILLA FIREFOX HISTORY AND GOOGLE SEARCH HISTORY! open your Firefox and click on the 'tools' button at the top of the screen, then click on 'clear private data', then select all the availabe boxes to check, and click 'clear private data'. It works! Now nobody can see your history or your google search history!

shelle
April 25, 2006 9:50 AM

thanks, i had so much old things id searched for years ago still saved on the toolbar and it was just annoying! now its alll cleaned up.

Calvin
May 3, 2006 4:12 PM

How to delete from google.com

barney
May 13, 2006 12:43 AM

One question I can't find the answer to. How do you get IE address bar to not record history AT ALL. I'm not talking about clearing old history, I'm talking about preventing the address bar from recording anything. Thanks.

fred grossman
May 13, 2006 6:02 PM

leo....excellent and you actually give easy and detailed steps to solve the problems. thanks

Mahesh
May 18, 2006 12:57 AM

delete search history from google

garrett
May 18, 2006 9:32 AM

This information was very helpful. I have been trying to find this stuff out forever. Everybody thought they knew the answer, but never really did. Thanks!

Dorothy Shertzer
May 20, 2006 1:31 PM

Thank you for the info. Good reading.

mark fisher
May 23, 2006 9:10 AM

"....your browser trying to be helpful filling in the "form" that is the Google search box...."

It had me beat and was potentially embarrassing.
Cheers for the help!!!

Nicola
May 24, 2006 10:42 AM

Oh no! i have a work laptop and am unable to remove the items i have searched for in Google because in 'Internet Options' I only have 'General' and 'Security' tabs - There's nothing REALLY unsavoury on there just stuff I dont particularly want my employer to see - Please help!

Mohd Naim
May 27, 2006 4:20 AM

Thank very-very much sir..
It has a big meaning to me, thanks again..

amy
May 29, 2006 12:08 AM

omg thankyou sooooo much that would have been terrible!!! if u no what i mean! teenage stuff thankyou thankyou THANKYOU no need to respond but thanks :)

dung
May 29, 2006 7:00 PM

I want to delete history items from my Google tool bar but I don't know how to do so can you help me

david
May 30, 2006 9:09 PM

ummm..........
i wanted to know how to delete one at a time instaed of the whole thing.

frank
June 1, 2006 3:22 AM

excellent advice and so simple, the auto complete works great..thanks

Amy
June 2, 2006 2:43 AM

Wow....this was as easy as ABC...123! Thanks!

sri prakash singh
June 3, 2006 6:24 AM

i am very thankful to u. the information i get is really very helpful to me

bob
June 6, 2006 1:41 PM

how do you delete Google past searches on Netscape.

Bledi
June 10, 2006 7:16 AM

ok Thanks

ramnozack
June 12, 2006 8:00 PM

you do not need any fancy software or anything like that at all . all you need to do is hilight the web address item or the search item you want to deleteand hit the "delete" button and wallah you are all set bud. keep that "delete" on and you will delete the whole entire history period the end in no time at all , or one item at a time like i said .i am glad to be service to any one asking .10-4

Samantha
June 15, 2006 8:00 AM

I tryed to delete history from the google web site like you said ( not google tool bar !!! ), and it didn't work. I deleted history from my main browser history but not from the one when I go to google.com. can you help me ?? I have msn for internet, and I'm running on windows. Please help me. Thanks

ashwin
June 16, 2006 12:51 PM

looks to be a good information

Joseph Hohos
June 16, 2006 2:22 PM

Hello Leo,

Under the content tab my option page does not include an Auto Complete tab. On the right side I have :

Block pop up windows
Warn me...
Load Images
Enable Java
Enable Java script
Fonts and Colors
Default Font

Where do I find Auto Complete or what other option do I have to delete the items on the google web site?

Thank you for your help.

Joseph

A.J.
June 16, 2006 4:59 PM

hey,samantha.pay attention.you have google tool bar ,no.if you do go to the main menu all the way to the left and you should see asmall arrow pointing downward click that and that should take you to google main page or the search page and i am using simple english here to understand me. once you there bring your mouse inside the google search rectangular and click ,left click and that should bring your entire google search history. again once you are there you can scroll to which item you want to search or delete, if you want to search double click or punch the "delete" button if you want to delete.no problemo. hey, take a deep breath and relax and it is a piece of ,well candy. 10-4 let me know.

ramnozack
June 16, 2006 5:09 PM

HEY THAT IS ME,RAMNOZACK I AM JUST USING MY NAME A.J.

Richy
June 19, 2006 10:28 AM

Very clear instructions...Very very good.

Shelley
June 21, 2006 10:58 AM

It is so easy when you know what you are doing. They say you learn something new every day. I did today.

THANX

Tim
June 21, 2006 8:03 PM

YOu rock man that you so much

Randy
June 23, 2006 4:35 PM

thanks alot!no need for extra equipment or fee! Its fast,simple, and convenient step by step instructions and pictures!Thank U Leo!!!

Bert
June 24, 2006 6:50 AM

Very, very, very useful. Shows every senario possible. Thanks!

chintus
June 25, 2006 1:01 AM

It's an use ful content, thank you very much

Lonnie
June 28, 2006 8:10 AM

how do I clear googles browsing history (googles web site) on MSN.

tegegn
July 1, 2006 9:56 PM

how do I delete search history items from my google tool bar. I want to delete them.please help me.thank you.

Terry
July 12, 2006 2:06 AM

A very comprehensive set of instructions - thank you - job well done

C H Teng
July 14, 2006 8:41 PM

Thank you so much for this article. The problem has bothered me for years. Not being able to delte those past entries have inhibit me from searching a lots of answers. Again, thanks.
Prof. CH Teng, Ph.D., Professor or Law, Canada

Pravin
July 19, 2006 4:42 AM

Thank you so much it is very rare to find such clear instructions saved a lot of my time thanks

Griyarez
July 21, 2006 11:16 PM

You really saved me, thank you so much. These instructions are great and they are clear and organized. If only all help-sites were as complete and helpful as this...

wiqi
July 25, 2006 12:28 AM

h3y man ... u really rock ...

thnxxx

Cpt Jezus
July 25, 2006 3:23 AM

In all honesty, I did follow the instructions for deleting the autocomplete, or turning it off, and it didn't work, what do I do? (I followed the instructions multiple times.)

bob
July 26, 2006 12:36 AM

i love you!! thankyou so much!!

Ashim Jain
July 28, 2006 9:52 AM

I installed Google toolbar 4.x over the old 3.x. Now, the old 3.x history is impossible to clear - it never gets cleared using any/all of the above methods (only the new history that is created in 4.x gets cleared)! So, I need to know where toolbar 3.x stores the history so I may delete that file (or registry entry). Thanks.

John
July 30, 2006 12:00 PM

These suggestions work in all but, MSN browser. There is no content tab, and I cannot find an autocomplete setting either. Any ideas would be appreciated
Thanks, I really enjoy your site!

matt
July 30, 2006 2:17 PM

WOW!! your the best man. you made it so easy, not to mention my computer is probally running a little faster since all the serch history is gone. thanks!!

Kathi
August 5, 2006 2:16 PM

I looked everywhere to get this info. I am computer savvy but this answer was embedded and secret. I would have never found it. "The answer was in the auto-complete section and the FORMS box needed to be unchecked." I saw a lot of programs that charge top dollar to do what you are teaching on this page for free. This page is a god-send! Now I'm going to type in ask-leo.com and see what else you have!

Kathi

Mr. D
August 13, 2006 3:35 PM

Great work but do you know to delete the google searches from msn? I did what you said but it only for netscape, not msn.

lindsay
August 16, 2006 6:49 PM

hello, how i i totally erase the address that i have searched in the address bar, ive tryed evrythings and nothings seems to work, thanks you for taking time to read this bye

patrick
August 25, 2006 3:53 PM

I've read and followed your instructions on how to delete addresses from the browser bar. However, whenever I type in "www.a" the website continues to come up. It does not do this for any other letter of the alphabet. Can you explain this, and can you help me get rid of this website I'd rather no one found on my computer? Thank you.

tara anderson
September 2, 2006 3:57 AM

this didnt work! please help! i need to be able to clear thing off the Google website search bar???

HELP

amir
September 14, 2006 4:02 PM

how do i delete history ites from the new google tool bar

brandon jones
September 17, 2006 11:59 AM

now nobody will be able to see all my weird porn, muhahahahahaha

thomas
September 20, 2006 7:21 AM

my google search does not have the drop down arrow to clear history

Victor
September 21, 2006 7:13 AM

what if i clear the browsing history...wount it affect the favourites...because i seriously need this please if possible reply me as soon as possible.

Graham Cook
October 2, 2006 10:20 PM

Please tell me "How do I clear the Google searched items in the Firefox browser?"

I have cleared the history from Firefox browser, but when I click in the search field for Google, it still displays all my previous searches.
This is not the Google toolbar, but the Google web-site, accessed from Firefox.
Thx,
Graham Cook

Marian
October 8, 2006 10:21 PM

I am trying to clear a google history from the website using Netscape. What are you directions for clearing it from this browser?

Nicole
October 22, 2006 6:11 PM

thanks for the help but theres a problem see you told me how to delete internet exploer google history but not firefox can you please email me and tell me how to get rid of it on firefox?

Scott
October 26, 2006 7:05 PM

Great Site!

I have done as you and others have instructed. I understand the difference between the two "google toolbar's". When I delete the search history, then refresh, etc., and then type a word in, bamm, it's all back. Any thoughts.? I did go into tools, internet options, etc., and successfully cleared internet explorer history, but no luck with the google thing. Thanks.

Qat
October 26, 2006 9:09 PM

Another easy way to clear search history from Google website:
1) in search bar, hold down shift and arrow down 1
2) While holding down shift key, press del til list is gonzo.

Voila!
Qat

scott
October 26, 2006 9:38 PM

Clearing the search history is easy. My question is how I remove all of the search words from my computer. Even after I clear my search history, the second I re-type a word, voila, all the search words come back. From what I understand this is from the browser, not google, but i can't seem to figure it out. Help!

sy ellin
October 29, 2006 7:33 AM

Removing search history from the search bar does NOT work on Firefox. Please let me know how to remove the history.
Thanks,
Sy

mel
October 31, 2006 10:49 PM

thankyou....so so so so much. you have no idea how embarassing that could have been for me... pubic hair searches, circumcision (my boyfriend) u no the kind of stuff lollll. thanx ur a porn star xx

brian
November 1, 2006 3:37 PM

thanyou sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much. I really dont what id do if some people found some of the porn stuff on my pc


your website rules!!!!!!and you rule!!!!!

peace, Brian

GEORGE DONALD MORRISON
November 2, 2006 5:40 AM

how do i delete google history on from inernet explorer 7 on google tool bar

David Chetty
November 6, 2006 6:11 AM

Could you help me out i would like to turn off te drop down history bar on the google ome page the main one, as soon as i type in a letter or letters the drop down comes with other sites which i would like be turn off as there are other people living here,please help to turn off

mojo
November 7, 2006 4:46 AM

ok got to tools bar on internet webpage and select options
now on the window tht opens go to the privacy tab (padlock pic) and select saved forms.
on saved forms go to settings
on settings select saved form information and press OK
sham-bam it all disappears!
your info did not work so i was forced to explore just to hide erotic literature

Leo A. Notenboom
November 7, 2006 4:09 PM

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