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Firefox Browser Auto-Cleanup (How to Set)

How to set Firefox's built-in Auto-Cleanup
Published by lehnerus2000
01 Jul 2010
Default Firefox Browser Auto-Cleanup (How to Set)

Please Note:
This tutorial applies to Firefox 3.6, 4.0 & above
It may not be applicable for earlier versions.

Firefox can be set, to automatically cleanup various items, which may be loaded onto your PC during Internet browsing.

These items include:
  • Browsing History
  • Download History
  • Form & Search History
  • Cookies
  • Active Logins
  • Cache
  • Saved Passwords
  • Site Preferences
  • Offline Website Data
  • Some Add-on History and/or Settings
Do not track option added in Firefox 5.0

Step 1

In Firefox 3.6 select "Options" from the "Tools" menu.

In Firefox 4.0 & above select "Options" from the "Options" entry in the "Firefox" button (see picture).
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Step 2

Select "Privacy"

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Firefox 5.0 & above uses a slightly different layout (see second picture).

Step 3

Select "Use custom settings for history" from the drop-down menu.

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Step 4

Click the "Clear history when Firefox closes" Check box.

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Step 5

Click on the "Settings" button.

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Firefox 5.0 & above includes a new feature, "Tell web sites I do not want to be tracked" at the top of this window (see second picture).

Step 6

Choose your desired options.

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Various add-ons may add options to this window.

In this example, "Tab Mix Plus" and "DownThemAll" have Check boxes.

Step 7

Click on the "OK" button ("Settings for Clearing History" window)

Step 8

Click on the "OK" button ("Options" window)

Firefox should now auto-cleanup (your chosen options) when you close it.

Disable Auto-Cleanup

Select "Remember History" from the drop-down menu.
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Updated 25 January 2012

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09 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
Update - Firefox 4.0 & 5.0

Firefox 4.0 & 5.0 seems to use the same system as Firefox 3.6.

The setup procedure uses the same dialogue boxes.

Firefox 5.0 includes a new feature, "Tell web sites I do not want to be tracked".

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11 Feb 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64

Great work lenerus.
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