Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 4, 2012
How to delete browsing history for faster performance

Every time you visit a website, parts of it are stored on your computer in temporary files and folders. The amount of files that can accumulate can reach an astronomical number, into the tens of ten thousand. This can and does affect performance, especially your online surfing performance. Here is how you can delete those temporary files that are automatically stored on your system and improve your computer’s performance.

Go ahead and open Internet Explorer by clicking the blue “e.” Near the top, in the menu bar, click “Tools” and then click “Delete Browsing History.” The “Delete Browsing History” dialog box opens. For most people, you can checkmark every box, but leave the first one, “Preserve Favorites website data” unchecked. Click “Delete.”

There is one thing to keep in mind. Make sure you know your user names and passwords that you may use to access your email or other websites you visit. When you delete the browsing history, it may erase all those fields that are automatically filled in on websites you visit, like your email or shopping websites. It will continue to remember them once more, after you enter the information again for the first time.

Delete your browsing history whenever you feel your surfing is dragging a little bit. Do this weekly to keep your Internet running fast and smooth.


Scott Lindsay actively promotes learning the computer, regardless of age, to better one’s life and circumstances and has helped thousands of people over the past 10 years to become better computer users. He can be reached at

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