5 Minute Tech: Clearing Your Web Browser History


This is the first in a new series of brief
weekly tech tutorials; we’re going to call it 5 Minute Tech. The idea is to show a few personal technology
tips and tricks in 5 minutes or less. So this week we’re going to kick the series
off and talk about how you clear your web browser history. There is a keyboard shortcut that will do
that for you with three of the four major web browsers; those being Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
and Internet Explorer Safari, which is Apple’s web browser, is a
little bit different but we’ll talk about that when we get to that part of the video. And the first thing we’re going to do is to
go to Google Chrome and open that; So here’s our Google Chrome homepage, and
we’ve got it set to the Google homepage. So to clear the browsing history there are
three keys on your keyboard: Ctrl, Shift & Delete. And I’m going to tilt the camera a little
bit so you can see they keys. I’ll try not to be too jarry here! We’ve got the Ctrl and Shift keys located
at the bottom left hand corner of our keyboard. And then if you go up towards the right top
hand corner of your keyboard you’ll see the Delete key. So those are the three keys that you’re going
to press down at the same time- And with Chrome you get this “Clear browsing
date” window that looks like this And you can “Obliterate the following items
from” I’ve got it set to “the beginning of time,”
but you can do the “past hour,” “past day,” “past week” or “past four weeks.” We’re going to do just the past hour this
time; because I use Google Chrome a lot for my web browser and if we clear the history
from the beginning of time — it will take some time! So we just click on “Clear browsing history.” And then when it is done you get a page that
looks like this. And you can then go back to your homepage
or go to any other page you want. So that is web browser 1. Web browser 2 is Mozilla Firefox. And the homepage here is set again to the
Google homepage. And if we again press down the Ctrl, Shift
& Delete keys we have a “Clear all History” box which is a little different than the one
we saw when we did this with Chrome. However it still works! So if we click the “Clear Now” button the
browsing history will be cleared with this web browser. So we’ll close that browser window. And we’ll bring up web browser 3 – Internet
Explorer. And again we’ve got the Google homepage set
as our homepage. So Ctrl, Shift & Delete are the keys. And with Internet Explorer you get a box that
pops up that says “Clear browsing history” It looks a little different again than the
first two clear browsing history windows we looked at — but it is the same sort of stuff! So you just click on Delete and your browsing
history will be deleted! And moving on to Safari — And again — just a reminder — this is the
desktop version of Safari — this is not the version you’d have on an iPad or an iPhone
— those versions are a bit different. There is not a keyboard short cut to clear
the browsing history with Safari. So you have to go up toward the top right
hand corner of the screen where there is this little gear wheel, it looks kinda of lick
a clock wheel and you click the down arrow just to the right of it. And you get a menu! And on this menu you go down to Reset Safari
and click on that And then here is your clear browsing history
box. This one says “Are you sure you want to reset
Safari?” And we’re going to click on the Reset button. And it will clear the browsing history. So that is done! And that is, in a nutshell, how you clear
the browsing history from the four major web browsers. And we’ll be back next week with another 5
Minute Tech or less! Thank you for watching!

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