How can I view my browsing history

View browser history: How to find your internet history in any browser

Almost every web browser saves a history which contains the last visited web pages. The following tip explains how to view browsing history.

All modern web browsers offer the possibility of a Display browser run. Here the browser saves the websites you have been to for a specified period of time and thus allows you to quickly find a website you have visited. How to view the browser history for common browsers under Windows, delete or even prevent a history, we'll show you in the tips below.

  • The browser history saves a history of the websites accessed.
  • With the key combination CTRL + H all common browsers show the history.
  • The options for adjusting the history differ from browser to browser.


1. For this purpose there is the browsing history

The browser history (also simply called history, chronicle or history) is a history of the pages that you have called up in the browser. This function is useful in the event that you no longer know exactly where you last read information or saw a product. Since all browsers have a Search within the history you can find the website you are looking for very quickly without creating a favorite for each page.

Many browsers offer browsing history with a search function

1.1. Surfing without browsing history

in the private mode no history is saved: Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi and other Chromium variants such as Microsoft Edge Chromium also offer "incognito surfing". In this mode, the browser does not save cookies, passwords, search queries, cache data and also no history. The function is called Incognito mode in Google Chrome, Private Surfing in Firefox and InPrivate window in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.

In private mode, the browser does not save the pages viewed in the browser history.

2. This is how you can display and adjust the browser history on the PC

Every browser under Windows offers the possibility to view the browsing history. Depending on the browser, the ways to do this can differ. If your browser is not listed here, simply enter "browser name" and "view browsing history" in Google or another Google alternative.

2.1. Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox saves the browser history in the history. You can do this via the symbol in the menu bar "Open history, bookmarks and more" or the Keyboard shortcut CTRL + H Show.

In Firefox, you can view browsing history from the history.

Firefox then displays the history on the left-hand side as a sidebar and also offers a search option in the browser history.

The history is displayed in Firefox via a sidebar.

In the settings under Data protection and security you can adjust the history in Firefox. The browser also offers the possibility here to forego a chronicle entirelyto delete them when exiting the browser or to save only certain entries in the history, for example no search terms or form data. You can also delete the browser history in Firefox with the “Clear history” button.

Browser history settings in Firefox

2.2. Microsoft Edge and Edge Chromium

Microsoft Edge and Edge Chromium differ in their core, but not in their basic operation. For the Microsoft browser, you can also display the browser history using the key combination CTRL + H or the History entry in the Edge menu.

Browsing history in Microsoft Edge

Edge Chromium offers a different representation.

Under "History" you can view the browser history in Edge Chromium.

You can also find one in the menu Link and keyboard shortcut to quickly clear browsing data. When deleting you have the choice of the period and the elements to be deleted.

Here's how you can clear browsing history in Edge.

The history itself shows a search window and filters for certain time periods on the left, and the entire history on the right.

The browser history in Edge Chromium is organized by days and offers a search.

You can find out whether Edge creates a browser history in the settings under Data protection and services establish. Here you will also find the function to delete the history for the last hour, day or completely.

Clear browsing data in the Edge settings

2.3. Google Chrome

Like the rest of the browsers, Google Chrome uses the Key combination CTRL + H, to view the browsing history. Alternatively, you can also call up the history via the Chrome menu.

You can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + H to view the browsing history in Chrome.

Chrome does not display the history as a sidebar, but in the entire browser window. Here, too, you can search for the history saved so far. You can use that 3-point menu also deletes a specific page from the history.

In Chrome, you can delete individual pages from the history.

Chrome itself doesn't offer an automatic feature to clear your browsing history when you exit or none at all. You will need to use incognito mode to do this.

2.4. Chromium-based browser

The Chromium basis, on which Google Chrome is based, is used by many other browsers such as Vivaldi, Opera, etc. The operation can differ in details. However, all browsers display the history using the key combination CTRL + H.

Vivaldi, for example, shows the history in a multi-column view and also offers access to the history via the clock symbol in the sidebar.

The browsing history in Vivaldi shows a lot of detailed information.

The Settings for the history can be found via the gear symbol in the bar on the left and there under privacy. Here you can define how long Vivaldi will keep the history.

Settings for browsing history in Vivaldi can be found under Privacy.

Opera also uses a sidebar and uses the clock icon to show the browser's history.

Browsing history in Opera

The Browser settings in Opera are identical to those in Google Chrome. If you want to do without a history completely, you have to use the incognito mode here as well.

3. Mobile browser browsing history

Both iOS and Android have a large number of different browsers as apps. However, almost all of them also offer a way to view the browser history on the mobile phone. Safari on the iPad and iPhone, for example, shows you the browser history via the "book symbol" and then switching to the "clock symbol".

You can also use the clock symbol to view your browser history in Safari.

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