How to Selectively Delete History in Chrome and Firefox

How to Selectively Delete History in Chrome and Firefox

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox store web page history to improve browsing with recommendations and suggestions. The collected data is also used for targeted ads. If you research a topic, like wireless routers, ads based on that search will continue to be shown even after completion.

To remove targeted ads, delete the history for wireless routers. However, keep useful links and bookmarks intact. Here’s how to selectively delete history in Chrome and Firefox.

Selectively Delete History in Chrome

To manually delete the history of a specific website or topic without using a Chrome extension, go to chrome://history and use the search form in the top-right corner. Type in the topic or specific website you want to delete history for. To delete all the results, select the first one, hold Shift, and select the last one. This will select all the results. You can then unselect any that you don’t want to delete. However, this manual method doesn’t allow you to control the date. For date control, you will need to use a Chrome extension.

Delete History of a Specific Date or Time Period

History Eraser is a Chrome extension that offers enhanced control over managing browsing history. It allows you to do more than the regular Chrome history manager. In this article, I will show you how to achieve our objective using this extension.

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To get started, download the extension and click on the icon in the extension menu bar. This will open a new window where you can access your browsing history. Simply click on “History” to view and manage your history content.

How to Selectively Delete History in Chrome and Firefox

To clear history for a specific title, scroll down and find it. Then, choose the date. Alternatively, you can select the date to clear history for a specific date.

How to Selectively Delete History in Chrome and Firefox

You can export the results as an HTML document for future reference.

In Firefox, you can clear the history of a specific website by right-clicking on a link in the History library and selecting “Forget About This Site.”

How to Selectively Delete History in Chrome and Firefox

One point to note is that this option will delete all cache and form auto-fills for this website. If you don’t want this to occur, you can use a plugin to clear the website without deleting the cache and form auto-fills. Download Delete Site History.

Clear History by Date

In Firefox, you can clear history by time period rather than by date. To do this, you will need to install the Precise Clear History plugin. Once downloaded, press Ctrl+Shift+Del to open the plugin options. This plugin adds more options to the Clear recent history window, including date-specific options and control over session history.

How to Selectively Delete History in Chrome and Firefox

The biggest drawback of this plugin is that you can’t select a specific website. However, if your aim is to clear history by a specific date, then it’s the best plugin.

Conclusion

Clearing history for an unwanted website can improve suggestions in web browsers. Share your experience with these plugins and extensions in the forum.

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