Where were you on the Web yesterday? What was that site that you visited last week?
The Back and Forward buttons list only the current trail of web sites. The complete History list includes all of the places you have visited. You can search the History list in all three of our browsers. The default sort order is By Date.
|What you will learn:||to open the complete History list
to sort a History list
to return to a page you visited earlier
to delete a History item
Unfortunately, each browser has its own way of getting to the complete History list and different ways to search or sort.
Uses a pane that can be docked to show browsing history.
the star button , Favorites, feeds, and history, at
the right end of the Address Bar.
A pane appears below the button. This pane will close if you leave the window.
Alternate method: Right click the Back button and at the bottom of the list, click on History.
If necessary, click the History tab.
A list of time intervals appears. Each one can expand to show the pages you have visited with this browser.
Tip: Number of Days remembered
The default is to remember browsing history for 20 days. The maximum is 999 days! You can set the number of days yourself, but you have to dig deep:
> Internet Options > General tab > Browsing history section: Settings button > Dialog: Website Data Settings> History > Days to keep in history
Uses web pages to list browsing history in time order, newest at the top. There are currently no other ways to arrange this list. [through ver. 51]
If you have a Google account and are synchronizing your browser tabs and history, the History page will show the history for each of your devices.
A menu appears.
Alternate method: Right click on the Back or
Forward button and click on Show Full
Right click on one of the entries.
A context menu appears with choices for opening the page in a new tab or a new window. This context menu is not just for History but for any link.
Try out these choices with various pages.
An incognito window is one that does
not remember where you went. It will erase any cookies that
were set when the window is closed. Chrome puts a cute spy icon at the left of the tabs when you are in an incognito window.
Click > History
A list slides into view from the right, showing recent pages you have visited and commands about History.
The palette of command icons shows just a bit at the left of the list.
Click on View History Sidebar.
A pane appears at the left of the window with a scrollable list of your History. This list stays in view when your pointer moves around.
Type in the search box a word that relates to a site you have visited, like bank or travel or home or weather.
It is clear why each site shows in the filtered list? The keyword can be in the address OR in the TITLE tag for the page. So 'home' brought but a credit card site that had 'Home Mortgage' in the TITLE tag and also shopping pages that had 'Home Accessories' in the TITLE tag.
Click > History > Show all history.
The Library dialog appears, open to the History page.
Firefox can remember for longer than 6 months! I have seen an entry that was older than 9 months. Most browsers remove items sooner than that by default.
Firefox removes visits only when the pile gets big enough to affect the performance of the browser.
Select several pages in the History list that you don't need to
Details appear in the bottom of the dialog.
Click on the command Delete This Page.
The page is removed from the list.
Alternate method: Click on the item in the list and press the DELETE key.
When you select just one item, the context menu shows the command Forget About This Site. This command will remove
all of the History items for all pages at this web site. It may take a few
seconds for Firefox to sort through a large History.