The address of every web page you visit is recorded in
your browser history file. Your browser checks the history file
every time you visit a web page, which is how it knows how to change
the colour of links you have already visited. You can access your
file with most browsers by typing the command <ctrl>-h.
The most common uses of a history file are described below:
- Revisit sites. If you visited a site somewhere on the Internet and would like to return, but can't remember the URL,
you can often
in your history file. You can search for the site by the date
visited, or by a text string search, and then double-click the
entry to visit it.
- Search. You can search your history file for keywords
to find sites you may have forgotten you visited.
- Delete. You can delete entries in your history
file by highlighting them and pressing <delete>. When
you subsequently visit a page with those links, they will be coloured like normal
links that have never been visited.
You can also specify how long to keep pages in your history file:
Explorer: Tools / Internet Options / General / History
Mozilla Firefox: Tools / Options / Privacy / History