How to View and Delete Browser History in Microsoft Edge

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This post shows students and new users steps to view and delete browser history in the Microsoft Edge web browser. When you use the Microsoft Edge browser and want to view and delete your browsing history, you can follow the steps below.

With profile sync enabled for users with multiple devices and Microsoft Edge as your default web browser, changes on one device will be synced to others. To prevent clearing data on other devices, ensure sync is turned off.

Also, if you sign in to your device with a Microsoft account, web browsing data and other cloud information are synced across devices using Microsoft Cloud.

See the privacy dashboard to manage and delete data saved in the Microsoft cloud. On the privacy dashboard, you can view or delete your data. However, data you delete on the privacy dashboard won’t be deleted from your device.

You can prevent web browsing data and history by enabling privacy mode in Edge.

How to browser history in Microsoft Edge

As mentioned above, the Microsoft Edge browser lets you view and delete your browsing history.

You can stop Edge from saving your browser history and other data by enabling strong privacy; the steps below show you how.

Here’s how to clear your browsing data in Microsoft Edge:

  • Select Settings and more  > Settings  > Privacy, search, and services
  • Under Clear browsing data, select Choose what to clear.
  • Choose a time range from the Time range drop-down menu.
  • Choose the types of data you want to clear. For example, you may want to remove browsing history and cookies but keep passwords and form-fill data.
  • Select Clear now.

Browsing data you can delete in the browser

Types of infoWhat gets deletedWhere it’s stored
Browsing historyThe URLs of sites you’ve visited, and the dates and times of each visit.On your device (or if sync is turned on, across your synced devices)
Download HistoryThe list of files you’ve downloaded from the web. This only deletes the list, not the actual files that you’ve downloaded.On your device
Cookies and other site dataInfo that sites store on your device to remember your preferences, such as sign-in info or your location and media licenses.On your device
Cached images and filesCopies of pages, images, and other media content are stored on your device. The browser uses these copies to load content faster the next time you visit those sites.On your device
PasswordsSite passwords that you’ve saved.On your device (or if sync is turned on, across your synced devices)
Autofill form data (includes forms and cards) Info that you’ve entered into forms, such as your email, credit card, or shipping address.On your device (or if sync is turned on, across your synced devices)
Site permissionsGo to Settings and more  Settings > Site permissions to see a list for each website, including location, cookies, pop-ups, and media autoplay.On your device
Hosted app dataInfo web apps store on your device. This includes data from the Microsoft Store. To see the apps saved to Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more  > Apps > Manage apps.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to view and delete Microsoft Edge browser history. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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