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In XP, how do I get rid of the history of sites I’ve visited? When I start entering a site address in the address bar at the top, if I’ve been there before, the address shows up. I delete History, cookies and files under internet options after each use, but these site names still appear.
Thanks for all your hard work.
Microsoft does not make it easy to get rid of sites in the address bar, in fact, you have to edit the registry to remove them. Since editing the registry can cause serious problems with your computer if not done correctly, it is not something I can recommend.
There are, however, several programs that make it easy for you to remove entries from the address bar.
There is also another program called Address URL Editor that will allow you to edit and erase URL Address in the dropdown list in Internet Explorer. You can get this program for $19.95 at: http://tinyurl.com/7udw2
There is one other thing that seems to work, although I cannot explain why. Clearing the recent documents history from start menu properties appears to clear this list as well. Here are the directions for doing so in Windows XP.
Just right click on a blank spot on your taskbar and then click “Properties”.
In the “Taskbar and Start Menu Properties” window, click on the tab that says “Start Menu” and click on the “Customize” button.
In the next window, click on the “Advanced” tab and you will see a section labeled “Recent” documents, just click on the button that says “Clear List” then click “OK” and you will be all done.