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How To Clear The Contents Of The Internet Explorer Address Bar

Windows keeps track of all Internet Web Sites that you type into the Internet Explorer Address Bar. This can be beneficial because as you start typing a recently visited site, Internet Explorer will immediately drop down a listing of Website Addresses based upon what you are typing. This allows you to click on any of the listed Web Site Addresses without finishing your typing. However, this drop down Address feature can have possible ramifications if you wish to have your recently visited Sites kept confidential. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to fully clear the contents of the Internet Explorer Address Bar.

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For Windows XP

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  3. Now click on the Taskbar and Start Menu icon to display its Menu Properties Window.
  4. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  5. Then click on Settings, then click on the Taskbar and Start Menu icon to display its Properties.
  6. Now, click on the Start Menu Tab at the top of the screen.
  7. Then click on the Customize button at the bottom right hand side of the screen.
  8. Now click on the Clear button located on the right hand center of the screen.
  9. Notice how the Clear button shades gray denoting that the documents menu is now cleared.
  10. This will also clear all recently accessed documents, programs and websites.
  11. Now click the OK button at the bottom of the screen to close the Start Menu Window.
  12. Then click the OK button at the bottom of the screen to close the Taskbar Properties Window.
  13. Open up Internet Explorer and click on the down arrow at the end of the Address Bar line.
  14. Notice how all your formerly Visited Web Site Addresses are now fully cleared.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on Settings and then click on the Taskbar and Start Menu icon.
  3. This will open up the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties Window.
  4. Then click on the Advanced Tab at the top of the screen.
  5. Now click on the Clear button located on the lower right hand side of the screen.
  6. Notice how the Clear button shades gray denoting that the documents menu is now cleared.
  7. This will clear all recently accessed documents, programs and websites.
  8. Now click the OK button at the bottom of the screen to close the Taskbar Properties Window.
  9. Open up Internet Explorer and click on the down arrow at the end of the Address Bar line.
  10. Notice how all your formerly Visited Web Site Addresses are now fully cleared.
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