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How to Delete a Google Search

By Edited Nov 4, 2016 2 2

Have you ever looked up something online that you don't want others to see? That pesky Google search box has a long memory! Here's how to clear it...


Step One: Clear the Search History

First, you want to clear the search history. This isn't actually stored in Google. It's stored by your web browser (ex. Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Opera, Google Chrome, etc).

In order to clear your searches from Google, you must clear your browser's history. The way to do this varies by browser, so you might want to check the help files, but here's how you do it in a few of the most popular browsers...

If you use Internet Explorer 8: Click the "safety" menu (on the top, right side). Then choose "delete browsing history." Check Temporary Internet Files, Cookies, and History, and click "delete."

If you use Google Chrome 4.0: Click the wrench icon/menu. Then, click "clear browsing data." Check the "clear browsing history" check box.

If you use Mozilla Firefox 3.5: Select "tools." Then select "clear recent history." Finally, choose the time and click confirm.


Step Two: Clear the Address Bar

Next, you want to clear the address bar. The address bar is at the top of the screen, where you type in a website's address. Like before, this information is stored in your web browser, not by Google. Here's how you do it in a few of the most popular browsers...

If you use Internet Explorer 8: Click the "safety" menu (on the top, right side). Choose "delete browsing history." Make sure that "Form Data" is checked. Then, click "delete."

If you use Google Chrome 4.0: This is the same as the first step, so there's no need to do it again. You click the wrench icon/menu. Then, click "clear browsing data." Check the "clear browsing history" check box.

If you use Mozilla Firefox 3.5: This is also the same as in the first step, so no need to repeat it. Select "tools." Then select "clear recent history." Finally, choose the time and click confirm.


Step Three: Clear Google's Toolbar

Finally, clear Google's Toolbar. This is quick. You need to click the arrow on the right side of the tool bar. Then, click the blue link that says "clear history."


Step Four: Turn off Google Suggest

If you want a completely blank search bar, turn off Google Suggest.

This is a new feature that can appear to Google sometimes suggests popular searches while you are typing. Note that this doesn't apply to searches deemed as obscene or offensive, so it's unlikely to be the source of any problem.

However, if you'd like to get rid of it, click the "preferences" link (highlighted in blue, next to the search bar). Then select query suggestions > do not provide query suggestions > save this change.



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Comments

Jun 6, 2010 12:19pm
EllenAlanna
Well put and very well Written!
Jul 6, 2010 6:55pm
Travis_Aitch
Great info and it's awesome that you took the time to explain the process for different browsers. Thumbs up!
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