Google’s Chrome browser has a neat history erase tool that lets you blitz your browsing logs from the last hour, day, week or month—or from the beginning of time. However, that history can be useful to search back through, and if you only want to exorcise one site from Chrome’s memory, here’s how to do it.
Maybe it’s an older site you never visit anymore, but still gets in your way in the autocomplete drop-down list. Maybe it’s a cruise ship holiday website you don’t want your better half to see. Or maybe it’s a porn site you “accidentally” stumbled onto one evening. Whatever the reason, you don’t have to throw out your whole history to just remove one page.
Hit Ctrl+H (or Cmd+Y) to bring up your browsing history and you’ll see checkboxes next to all your recently browsed sites—just place ticks next to the offending pages and choose Remove selected items to delete them. If you use the search box (top right) you can hunt down all of the entries related to a particular URL.
At this point we should mention an extension we’ve found very helpful in the past: eHistory. It gives you more granular control over your history searches (you can look for sites based on URL, title or date) and makes deleting batches of history entries a little bit easier than Chrome’s integrated tool. If you have a lot of clearing up to do, give it a try.
Bear in mind that removing entries from your browsing history doesn’t necessarily delete them from the autocomplete list that appears below the address bar. If you need to do this as well, then highlight the URL in question with the cursor keys and hit Shift+Delete (or Shift+Fn+Delete on a Mac). And that’s it—all obvious traces of your site visit have been erased... just remember to use Incognito mode next time.
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