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Your internet browser's history function is where you can retrieve old websites and places visited.


How do I retrieve old places visited and websites?

That would be your browser's history function. In most browsers, like Internet Explorer, typing CTRL+H will bring up a pane to the left listing sites you've visited in recent days.

The history is only kept so long, and "so long" is configurable in your internet options.

Article C2107 - July 9, 2004 « »

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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September 30, 2005 5:14 PM

is there any way to view what internet sites were visited if the history has been deleted?

October 1, 2005 3:55 PM

Not that I'm aware of.

November 29, 2005 5:13 AM

If you haven't deleted the Temporary Internet File folder you can see where you've been

December 14, 2005 6:30 PM

this web site is the best thank you 4 creating it it helps me with all my problems on the computer so thank you leo very very much

Love: Jewel

January 22, 2006 9:33 AM

Hi Leo
I have a problem with my teenagers going on to porn sites. they know more about the computer than I then they all say it was'nt me I tracked them on history now they delete the history is there anyway I can retrieve deleted history. this way Ican see what time or day and seee who is doing this

thank you have a wonderful day

Leo A. Notenboom
January 22, 2006 10:29 AM

You'll probably want to install some kind of monitoring software ( has more on that).

But it's really just a race ... no mater what you do, kids eventually find a way around it.

February 25, 2006 8:34 AM

how can i delete the websites ive visisted because i am not supposed to play games or download anything, but i have. can you tell me how to delete those sites please?

February 25, 2006 9:34 AM

Have a read through this article:

October 18, 2006 4:42 PM

I did the CNTL+H and it didn't work. Any other suggestions?? Please advise. Thanks!!

November 11, 2006 12:38 AM

Well i kinda need help retrieving the history so that i can recall which site i went to for my research. Is there a way to do this? If there is please send a reply to my email.

pc noob
January 8, 2007 12:58 PM

To delete files? search for .DAT file cleaner on tinternet, or CCleaner on google. they are harmless programs that clean files for you (you can do it manually but it takes time)

for people who want to read history, google: check history, check downloaded internet files, dowloaded cookies .etc. or if your a whizz kid, (doubt most of you are) you can search your pc for .DAT files, then use a program that will open them so you can view whatever sites your spouse/partner/child has been on.

Dottie sinkler
October 11, 2007 12:09 PM

My "favorites" were inadvertently deleted when I received automatic updates. Is there amy way that I can retrieve them?

October 31, 2007 5:18 AM

My son is going on sites that and forums that i would like to check on. Trouble is, i dont know his username or passwords. Is there anyway of finding out what they are?



January 11, 2008 9:23 AM

How do i retrieve history files that have been deleted on my computer. It is quite important so any help would b gr8!

January 20, 2008 8:55 PM

is there a way that i can see the time and date stamp of the websites being visited?

January 22, 2008 2:08 AM

Hi i need to prove to my wife that i didnt actually view a site, even though it was in the history bar! is there a way of getting the time spent on that particular site?

tracey johnson
February 13, 2008 8:38 PM

how do i retrieve deleted history not files, but ex: sites that your not supose to be on then there deleted so you won't know

efe felix
March 24, 2008 6:40 AM

i kind of deleted an address which my uncle was visitig mistakingly,please help me cos my uncle really needs this address.

March 24, 2008 11:44 PM


May 19, 2008 10:10 AM

yes SAME HERE! somehow, my momma can see every site that was visited, and it's not History. I'm not going to anything bad, or anything, it's just that she's PHYCO (for real) and won't let me check my email, and keeps me in a cage. she is CRAZY! a SADIST! i swear she's so evil. I really wanna keep in touch with my family, so any help? luckily im typing this from school, so she can't see i was on here. Any advice on how to check sites?

June 25, 2008 11:12 PM


July 10, 2008 5:43 AM

i would like to know how to retrive deleted internet history from mozilla firefox...
is there any way you can help me?

August 3, 2008 8:08 AM

I have some questions, once I'm not used with Windows Xp
1.How can I make MS PAINT always keep the actual window size without changing it when pasting a new picture?
2. I want to keep a copy of my browsing history search, so how do I save (not erasing but save) my Google browsing history search on my computer?My browser is Mozilla Firefox
3.How do I find my browsing history on Mozilla Firefox?

Sorry for so many questions, and Thanks a lot!!

colin Davies
August 16, 2008 10:48 AM

is there a tutorial service to help me understand how to use Sony Sound forge. The way I see it working I call the teacher, and they sign on to my PC using the lesson then continues, after time I pay the teacher visa PAYPAL. Thank you Colin Davies Solihull UK

August 18, 2008 7:15 AM

how do i retrieve pages visited if they have been deleted from history

September 29, 2008 3:56 PM

i need to find all my internet searches i have ever made is this possible and how

October 11, 2008 4:30 PM

i want to find out what times some websites were visited on my past history.and how long the websites stayed open

November 7, 2008 12:08 PM

Please please help me retrieve my internet history. For some reason, whenever I press CTRL+H, the history list comes up but there is nothing on it! I desperately need to find out what website I have been on from last month or else I will fail! >

November 21, 2008 1:41 PM

how do i check wot times some web sites was visted

Sonia Quintana
December 1, 2008 2:33 PM

how do I retrieve pages visted from the site if there were deleted out?

March 20, 2009 5:21 AM

hi,can someone check on the websites or check if i sign into my msn messenger even if i deleted the history from my computer? or can they atleast check and see if i signed into my messenger for the day?

thx alot

deon harmse
March 29, 2009 2:42 PM

is it possible to copy the browser history from my old computer (XP SP3) to my new computer (Vista Ultimate 64 bit?

May 17, 2009 7:01 PM

how do I retrieve pages visted from the site if there were deleted out? I use internet vista.

June 3, 2009 1:58 PM

how do i find out what times past sites were visited?

August 18, 2009 11:21 AM

how do i find out items search on with google and then history deleted.?????????

March 22, 2010 2:40 PM

How do I tract and recover browser history over two years old from my computer. It is a windows xp exploer

June 6, 2010 11:48 AM

i need to find out what time and date items in my browser was visited

August 2, 2011 6:14 PM

hi im wandering how to look at deleted browser history i tried doing system restore but isnt helping i just wanted to see what my husband has been looking at on the computer

System restore only restores a small amount of your system (one of the reasons I dislike it so much - it does NOT "restore your system" in any complete sense). Basically you'd need to get file undelete utilities, look for prior copies of the history file(s), HOPE that they haven't been overwritten by subsequent computer usage, and than understand the contents of those files. Difficult for the average computer user, but not terribly hard for experts and computer forensics people.

August 4, 2011 4:22 PM

If I viewed an internet page a few days ago but the content has been changed, is it possible to view the original content again?

Most often the answer is no. You can try visiting the internet archive's wayback machine, but it's hit and miss.

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