How To Delete Search History On Chromebook?

How to delete search history on chromebook

Deleting Search history is important and not just because you don’t want anyone to know what you’ve been browsing about but because it slows down your browser. 

It is a security measure that you must also take especially if more than one users, including you, have access to the same system. It even prevents your browser from malicious actors infecting your search. 

The process to delete search history on Chromebook is quite easy and we have made sure that you get an easy to follow tutorial that will help you figure out the steps. 

But here is the most important question…


Which Data can you delete from the Search History on Chromebook?

Like all the other computing devices and operating systems, Chromebook also enables its users to delete all types of search history.

Starting from the deletion of entire data to specific detail, you can delete it all.

For example, cookies, autofill, saved passwords, web pages explored, files visited on the system, and existing & downloaded files.


How to Check History on Chromebook?

There are two ways to check the history on chrome. You can either check history by navigating to the option from the browser or through a keyboard shortcut. 

Method 1

You can use the shortcut key to view your browsing history. Not only can use the shortcut keys to copy and paste on Chromebook but in case you were unaware, there are many other shortcuts that will make working on a computer very easy and fun. This is how it can be done:

  • Press ctrl+H on the keyboard to view the browser history. 
Keyboard shortcut
  • The history page will look like this.
Search History

Method 2

If you have a Chromebook then you can either use the touchscreen or turn off touch screen and use the mouse for this method.

  • Click the ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’ option, the 3 vertical dots at the top right corner of the browser.
Navigate to history
  • Click on ‘History’ from the dropdown.
Select History
  • A dropdown with recent history will appear. Select and click the tab displaying ‘History’

How to Delete Search History on Chromebook?

To delete complete search history from the chrome follow the simple steps, as described below-

  1. Select ‘Clear browsing data on the ‘History’ page.
  1. Select ‘clear data’ to clear basic browser history in one go. 

If you want to delete the passwords and download history also, click on the Advanced tab and then choose Clear data. 

Clear Advanced Data

How to Delete individual items From Search History on Chrome?

If you are using a school Chromebook and use it for other activities that you don’t want to get caught in like playing Roblox on Chromebook or surfing YouTube and other blocked sites, then you might only want to delete some individual items from Search History on your Chromebook.

Let us explore them one by one.

Recent Pages

Select the particular search you want to delete and then click on “Delete”.

delete individual data

Recent Downloads

To delete files that were recently downloaded, follow these steps:

  • Navigate to ‘Downloads’. Alternatively, press the ‘Ctrl+J’ together.
  • Delete the recently downloaded files one by one by clicking the ‘x’ button available next to each file.
Downloads option

The other way of deleting the recent downloads is to delete all the files at once by clicking the ‘Clear all’ option. This option can also be found on the ‘Downloads’ page.

Passwords

This is how you can delete all the saved passwords:

  • Press “Ctrl+H” or navigate to “History”
  • Click “Clear browsing data”
  • Choose the “Advanced” tab 
  • Select “Passwords and other sign-in data”
  • Click “Clear Data”

To prevent the passwords from being saved on the Chromebook, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the ‘Settings’ page.
  2. Click on Autofill
  3. Select ‘Passwords’.
  4. Here you can disable the option “Offer to Save Passwords”.
Autofill

Cookies

Clearing cookies is also important when you are trying to delete search history on Chromebook.  Follow the process below to delete cookies-

  1. You need to go to the “History” page in the very first step.
  2. The next step requires a redirection via the link “Clear Browsing Data”.
  3. The page hence opened contains an option “Cookies and other site data”. You have to check this option and click the button “Clear Data”
Privacy and Security

Autofill

Autofill is when the browser saves some important details like first name, last name, passwords, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and usernames. It fills the detail automatically whenever a certain website asks you to fill out a form.

  1. To disable the autofill options you have to reach the ‘Settings’ page.
  2. The settings page contains the ‘Autofill’ option, and after clicking it you will be redirected to the options that use the autofill property. 

Here you can select the field you want to prevent from autofill and disable it.

Autofill makes the process of filling a form easy on the browser, however, it has its downsides that you need to be aware of. As beneficial as Autofill can be, it also has its fair share of even more disadvantages including security.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I clear my history on my Chromebook?

If a person is not able to delete his or her browser history it could be probably because one or more than one non-personalized users might have performed any search. 

Usually, non-personalized transactional searches restrict deleting search history from Chromebook.

The most appropriate solution for such a problem could be resetting the Chrome browser.

How do you clear all Google search history?

Follow these steps to delete search history on Chromebook:
Press ctrl+H or click on the three vertical dots at the top right corner of the chrome browser and click history
Click “Clear Browsing Data”
Select the “Advanced” Tab.
If you also want to delete the passwords, then check the box and select “passwords and other sign-in data”
Click “Clear Data”
This will delete the complete browsing history including all sensitive data from your browser. 

Conclusion

As already mentioned, it is of much importance that you delete search history on Chromebook or any other system for that matter. 

Cleaning search history helps your browser run faster and ensures that you are secure from any malware and viruses infecting your search results. 

Hope this article is beneficial for you and meets your expectations, in case of any queries feel free to connect at [email protected]

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