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Clearing Google search history


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delawaredrew

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Anyone know how to get rid of the search history that Google displays? Without thinking about it I Googled something I shouldn't have on my work laptop. I was using IE on XP 'cause we can't install anything better. I was on my iGoogle page at the time.
Now when ever I enter the first letter of the search term that I shouldn't have entered, it displays every search that I have done that starts with that letter including the one I wish it would forget. I have erased my cookies, and all offline content. Still if I enter "P" (no it wasn't followed by "ussy" or like that) google still pops up a list of searches with the unwanted term right at the top. :)
This doesn't happen on my 3 home comps, all running XP but using Sea Monkey or Firefox. Must be an IE thing? Leads me to think that that Google history is associated directly with that particular laptop? If so there must be a way to eliminate the history.
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Cyborg Ninja

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In IE, go to Tools -> Internet Options. Click on the "Content" tab and the "AutoComplete" button. Change the settings from there. This is how to do it in IE6, and I don't know if the process is the same in IE7 but damned if I'll ever download it.
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I can't quite remember the actual path. Google has a separate tool that remembers everyplace you have been. It is separate from IE's history. There should be something on the Google homepage, maybe under the preferances, or up on the tool bar.

Sorry, I just can't remember. I have had to change this before though, so I do know it is there somewhere.
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Google Search to the Rescue:

A commonly asked question is how one erases the search history from the google toolbar. This method will delete the search history from the google toolbar only. You must erase your browser search history through other methods.

1. Click on the Google logo
2. Choose the Clear Search History option from the drop down menu.

All of your previous searches will now be removed from the drop down box.


Google Toolbar Support

Disabling History Tutorial


Edited by PsychPosse, 11 January 2008 - 10:22 PM.

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He stated he was searching through his iGoogle page, not a toolbar.
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I see that now, yep. I guess we got it covered either way then.

:)
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In IE's auto-complete you can use the up-down arrow keys to select, and the delete button to delete, the entries you don't want. (I know this because I make a lot of typos!)
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Thanks all, it was the autocomplete in IE.
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