How to view and delete browser history in Microsoft Edge

Forgot the site you were looking at yesterday? Don't worry; Microsoft Edge remembers your browsing history. We'll show you how to view your history and how to delete them after visiting some questionable sites.

How to view browser history in Microsoft Edge

  1. Tap or click the Hub. It's the icon on top with three horizontal lines.
  2. Tap or click History. It's the clock icon.

How to delete certain pages in browser history

Don't want other people with access to your PC or tablet to see your browser history? There are several ways to delete them. If you don't want to delete everything, there's a way to delete just some pages. To delete a specific page, right-click the item in the history list (see above) and choose Delete. You can also choose Delete all visits to the site.

How to delete everything in browser history

It's possible to delete everything in the browser history. From the History list, tap or click Clear all history on top. A list of all types of data appears. You can choose to check them all, or just select the items you want to delete. You can read more about the items in the table below before tapping or clicking the Clear button.

Swipe to scroll horizontally
DataWhat gets deleted
Browsing historyThe list of sites you've visited including your frequently visited sites.
Cookies and saved website dataInfo that sites store on your PC to remember your preferences, such as sign-in info or your location.
Cached data and filesCopies of pages, images, and other media content stored on your PC. The browser uses these copies to load content faster the next time you visit those sites.
Download historyThe list of files you've downloaded from the web. This only deletes the list, not the actual files that you've downloaded.
Form dataInfo that you've entered into forms, such as your email or a shipping address.
PasswordsPasswords that you've saved for sites.
Media licensesPlayReady/Digital Rights Management content licenses.
Pop-up exceptionsA list of websites that you have explicitly allowed to display pop-ups.
Location permissionsA list of websites that you have explicitly allowed to grab their location.
Full screen permissionsA list of websites that you have explicitly allowed to automatically open in full-screen mode.
Compatibility permissionsA list of websites that you have explicitly allowed to automatically open in Internet Explorer.

Whether you want to delete just some pages, or every single thing from your Browser history, Microsoft Edge has you covered. Don't forget that you can also temporarily browse in InPrivate mode if you don't want the sites to show up in your history. You can do this by tapping or clicking the three dots on the top right corner, and selecting New InPrivate window.

For more tips, we have many more posts like this one in our Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks page.

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

  • I want to love edge... But it's got a ways to go yet.
  • Yeah, so much of it is so good. Looking forward to the next big update.
  • It's my daily driver. My quibbles with it are minor. I would like the ability to choose where I download files and to import browser favorites from a file.
    There are also some performance issues with various websites, but for the most part its been great.
  • Not being able to select a page in recent history from the back button is a killer for me. Also, I am really, really missing the jump list (especially, new window functionality from there.)  Sometimes I'm on a Windows 7 system and I all of a sudden notice how much more productive I am with navigation, and I realize, oh, I'm on IE.
  • Yeah, I got used it so much that I dont want to ditch it but It looks like I have to. It has so many annoying bugs and it crashes and freezes, especially at youtube videos. By the way, when I go to history page I cant see any pages - its like my browser isnt saving any history, why?
  • ESPECIALLY mobile.
  • Some sites are still slow on edge. Even amazon sometimes. That needs to get fixed.
  • I'll admit it: Edge has become a full replacement for me. I used to use Chrome, but I love Microsoft Edge and how it doesn't eat up my battery on my SP3. Posted from the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, or Surface Pro 3
  • Generally it's fairly good, but the little things have been bugging me--things like being unable to drag items from favourite bar and drop them in the tab bar to open a new tab with it, now I have to either hold Ctrl and click or click with the middle button of the mouse.
  • Using Edge almost exclusively now. Although "history" stop working for me. Somehow stop registering search history. On build 10525
  • Off topic here, but whether this is old or new, I just found out that now in Windows 10 mobile when your phone's battery runs out Cortana will show your impending reminders on the screen right before the shutdown.
  • Yup, been there since the very first release.
  • "Yes, that's a great feature that's been there from the first release."
  • Polly want a cracker?
  • I let CCleaner handle all my dirty work... Works like a charm! Posted from the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, or Surface Pro 3
  • Just wanted to say same thing! Cheers!
  • They just had a update today
  • Ccleaner broke Edge on me. Manual mode does not delete internet histroy. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • How do you set it for auto delete after closing the browser?
  • InPrivate Browsing.
  • Until dev tools are dockable I refuse to use Edge as my daily driver :)
  • Still on 8.1, but that would be a nuance to me. Thanks
  • I know I'm gonna catch heat for this but is this how to do basic stuff getting kinda old? I know not everybody knows how to do this stuff, but isn't that what the forums are for?
  • I think its appropriate for brand new apps and features that most are unfamiliar with. Besides, when its a slow news day, you need something to talk about...
  • Talking of a slow news day, no update on the next mobile build? No leak of the next build on any site :-(
  • HOW DARE YOU CRITICIZE AN ARTICLE HERE? You're mad, and stupid. NO ONE criticizes articles here. Whatever you're saying is just your own bloody opinion, you idiot. There I did the work for most of the readers here. :P
  • When you go full-page on videos it loses everything. Volume, video bar, pause/play. You have to escape out of full page mode to get them back. Then your video is teensy weeny, Why? or am I doing it wrong?
  • I miss the ability to delete an history entry from autocomplete in the adders bar.
  • It's all nice but my problem is that on all my computers with Windows 10 Edge does not record a history. It is always empty. I am on build 10240.
  • My history always shows up as empty for some reason. I've used Edge as my main browser on my laptop for months now but still no history. :S
  • Lucky Posted via Lumia 520 XL
  • I miss the right-click menu of grabbing a URL for an image or refreshing a page
  • Is there any way to change the downloads folder or download a file of your choosing to a specified folder or right click Save As? I feel like this browser is still an unfinished beta. It freezes on me occasionally as well and I have 8 core (16 with threading) processor and 32 GB DDR4
  • Not very intuitive UI.
  • Hmm .... In my case, the History always empty. No matter how many sites I've visited just right before opening that damn history pane, it still shows empty list. Why is that? :(
  • It's a gift. why must you question it? Posted via Lumia 520 XL
  • Is this an ad blocker yet? I cannot stand the internet without one, every website decides to abuse them and put 1000 ads everywhere and several ads per video.
  • Especially Windows Central Posted via Lumia 520 XL
  • I like the fact that every writer at windowscentral is now deleting my comments from all posts. This shows the respect and power. of truth. Truth wins.
  • thanks windows central! that would help me a lot! If you know what i mean ;)
  • I know whatcha mean. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • hi, I never have any sites in my History file, how do I get it to remember sites as i find this useful at times.