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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Deleting Yahoo Search History

You may have noticed that when you type a search into a Yahoo search box, a list of previously searched for terms are displayed. These previous searches are not saved by Yahoo, but are actually saved by your web browser through a feature called "AutoComplete". Used by most popular browsers, AutoComplete can save data from prior searches, forms that have been filled out online, and even web site addresses that have been typed into the browser’s address bar.

According to Microsoft:

“Internet Explorer includes a feature called AutoComplete that keeps track of information that you’ve recently typed, such as Web site addresses, information in forms, and search queries. As you type new information, AutoComplete tries to anticipate what you are typing and offers possible matches.”

Unless deleted or turned off, the AutoComplete function of your browser stores all your web searches so that it can offer suggestions (based on prior searches) as you type a search query at Yahoo, Google or any other site.

How to Delete Your Yahoo Search History

To manually delete Yahoo search history, you can perform the following steps:

Internet Explorer 7:

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. From the Tools menu, select Internet Options
  3. Choose the tab labeled General
  4. Under Browser History, select Delete
  5. Next to Form data, choose Delete forms…
  6. Click Yes

Internet Explorer 6:

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. From the Tools menu, select Internet Options
  3. Choose the tab labeled Content
  4. Under Personal Information, select Autocomplete
  5. Select Clear Forms
  6. Click Yes


  1. Open Firefox
  2. From the Tools menu, select Options
  3. Choose the tab labeled Privacy
  4. Select Clear now…
  5. Put checkmark next to the box labeled Saved Form and Search History
  6. Click Clear Private Data Now

For steps on how to stop your browser from recording this information, please see: Turning Off AutoComplete.

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