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Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:52

How to clear search history in Mozilla Firefox browser?

Author:  [Source: This article was published in indiatoday.i]

Mozilla Firefox commonly called Firefox is free to use web-browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation along with its subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation. The web browser remembers all the pages you have visited, files you have downloaded and more. This information is known as the history of the Mozilla Firefox browser.

You can choose to delete this history in order to not let the browser remember all your search details.

Deleting history will delete:

  • Browsing & download history: Browsing history consists of the list of websites that you have visited which is visible in the History menu, the Library window's history list and the address bar autocomplete list. And the download history contains the list of files that have been downloaded, which is shown in the download window.
  • Form & search history: Form history contains the items you have entered into web page forms for ‘form autocomplete’. Search history consists of items that have been entered into the search field on the new tab page or into the search bar of Firefox.
  • Cookies: It stores information about websites that you visited, such as site preferences or login status. This has information and site preferences stored by the Adobe Flash plugin.

Here is the step-by-step guide to delete the history.

 

How to clear my history?

Step 1: Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

Step 2: Then, click on the three horizontal lines at top-right.

Step 3: Then tap on the ‘library’ option on the menu.

Step 3: Go to ‘history’ and choose ‘clear recent history’.

In order to select the timeline of history you want to clear:

Step 4: Click on the ‘ok’ button.

Now, the window will get closed and the selected items will be deleted from your history.

How to make Firefox clear history automatically?

You can switch on the automatic settings to clear the search history every time on exit.

Step 1: Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

Step 2: Then, click on the three horizontal lines at top-right.

Step 3: Select ‘preferences’ on the menu.

Step 4: Then, choose the ‘Privacy & security panel’.

Step 5: Go to the ‘history’ section.

Step 6: Now, choose ‘use custom settings for history’.

In the drop-down menu next to ‘Firefox will’,

  • Check the box for ‘clear history when Firefox closes’.
  • In order to clear a specific type of history, click the ‘settings’ button next to ‘clear history when Firefox closes’.
  • In the ‘settings for clearing history’ window, check the items you wish to get deleted automatically each time.

Step 7: Once, you have made a selection, click ‘ok’ to close the ‘settings for clearing history’ window.

Step 8: Now, close the about: preferences page.

Any changes you have made will be saved automatically.

Note: In certain circumstances, the performed function will not be successful:

  • Firefox did not shut down normally. If Firefox gets crashed, you will need to restart Firefox and exit/quit normally to make sure that this function runs successfully.
  • Firefox is set to use automatic private browsing. History stored from normal sessions can be deleted from a regular window only.

Clear cookies and data for a specific website

How to remove a single website from your history?

Step 1: Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

Step 2: Now, click the ‘library’ button at the top-right on your toolbar.

In case you cannot find the button, then click the ‘menu’ button (three horizontal lines at top-right) and then click the ‘library’.

Step 3: Go to ‘history’.

Step 4: Then, click the ‘show all history’ tab at the bottom to open the library window.

Step 5: Now, look for the website you wish to delete from your history by entering the name of the website in the ‘search history’ area in the top-right corner.

Step 6: Then click ‘return’.

Step 7: Now, in the search results, hold down the 'Ctrl' key while you select the site you wish to delete.

Step 8: Then, choose ‘forget about this site’.

Please note that all history items (browsing and download history, cookies, cache, active logins, passwords, saved form data, exceptions for cookies, images, pop-ups) for that site will be deleted

Step 9: Finally, close the library window.

(Source: Mozilla Firefox help)

 

[Source: This article was published in indiatoday.i  - Uploaded by the Association Member: James Gill]

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