I saw your article on clearing the search history in Internet Explorer 6. I use Firefox; how do I do the same thing?
Firefox is actually easier and a little more intuitive. While we’re at it,
we’ll include the Google Toolbar extension to Firefox as well.
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The Google Toolbar is pretty much the same as its IE equivalent. If you
click on the Google logo on the far left you’ll get a drop-down menu:
Click on Clear Search History, and that’s done.
Now, for Firefox itself (I’ll assume Firefox 2.0, by the way) a quick click
on the Tools menu shows this:
Clear Private Data looks encouraging, but before you click
on it, click on Options instead. Click on the
Privacy tab, and you should see this:
Note the Private Data area, and the Settings… button to the right. Click on Settings… and you’ll get a dialog that includes this:
Here you can control exactly what it is you want Firefox to clear when you
tell it to “Clear Private Data”. Most of what people seem to care about is
their browsing history, but Saved Form Information is what you
want if you’re looking to erase the tracks of what you’ve been searching for
using the Google home page.
So, make your selections as you wish, OK your way back out,
and then go ahead and hit that Clear Private Data menu item on
the Tools menu, and you should be good to go.
Remember: this has only dealt with Firefox. You may still need to
return to IE and perform the equivalent there, since IE is used in many places
throughout Windows, and some of its settings and/or history appear to be
shared with some Windows features.