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Internet Explorer - Delete Download History

How to Delete and Clear the Download History in IE9, IE10, and IE11
Published by Brink
19 Sep 2010
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How to Delete and Clear the Download History in IE9, IE10, and IE11


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By default Internet Explorer keeps a list of your download history. This tutorial will show you how to delete and clear the listed download history in IE9, IE10,and IE11, and not the actual downloaded files.






OPTION ONE
Delete IE9, IE10, and IE11 Download History in "View Downloads"
1. Open IE9, IE10, or IE11.
NOTE: In Windows 8/8.1, you would open the desktop IE, and not the modern IE.

2. Click/tap on the gear icon (tools) in the upper right corner, then click/tap on View downloads. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You could also press CTRL + J instead.
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3. To Delete Specific Items in IE9, IE10, and IE11 Download History
A) Select a listed downloaded item, and click/tap on the X in the upper right corner of it. (see screenshot below)
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4. To Delete All Items in IE9, IE10, and IE11 Download History
A) Click/tap on the Clear list button. (see screenshot below)
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5. When finished, click/tap on the Close button. (see screenshot below)
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OPTION TWO
Delete IE9, IE10, and IE11 Download History in "Delete Browsing History"
1. Open IE9, IE10, or IE11.
NOTE: In Windows 8/8.1, you would open the desktop IE, and not the modern IE.

2. Click/tap on the gear icon in the upper right corner, then click/tap on Internet Options. (see screenshot below)
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3. Under Browsing history, click/tap on the Delete button. (see screenshot below)
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4. Check Download History, and click/tap on the Delete button. (see screenshot below)
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5. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 3)

6. You will see this notice at the bottom of the IE window indicating that the download history has been deleted. You can click/tap on the X at the far right to close the message. (see screenshot below)
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That's it,
Shawn




17 Nov 2010   #1
yxq

Vista and Windows 7
 
 

Where the download histroy of IE9 stored ? thank you

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17 Nov 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello yzq,

It's stored in the hidden protected OS file below, but it's unreadable since it's a .dat file. It's best to view and delete items from it using either option in the tutorial instead.

C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\IEDownloadHistory\index.dat

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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17 Nov 2010   #3
yxq

Vista and Windows 7
 
 

Thank you, i will try that. How to disable IE9 save the download history? Do you try the IE9 tweaker? it will not work on my PC, do not know the reason. Where are there some tweaks for IE9?
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17 Nov 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

IE9 is still only in beta release, so there most likely will not be aby tweak programs available for it yet.

Currently, the only thing you can do is to clear the download history after you download something to keep it off the list.
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18 Nov 2010   #5
yxq

Vista and Windows 7
 
 

Thank you.
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18 Nov 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome mate.
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16 May 2011   #7
sleepyron

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

I hope someone will create a plugin to auto delete the download history once done, good browser though i haven't experienced any prblems yet =)
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16 May 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ron, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Well mate, you are in luck then.

You can set IE9 to "Delete browsing history on exit" with the Download History option check in the Delete the Browsing History options to do so after everytime you close IE9.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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17 May 2011   #9
sleepyron

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Wow, i'm starting to like this forum compared to the other ones i've visited before, thanks for the immediate reply
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