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    Internet Explorer - Delete Download History

    Internet Explorer - Delete Download History

    How to Delete and Clear the Download History in IE9, IE10, and IE11
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    How to Delete and Clear the Download History in IE9, IE10, and IE11


       Information
    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.
    Internet Explorer - Delete Download History-step-1.jpg
    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)
    Internet Explorer - Delete Download History-specific.jpg
    4. To Delete All Items in IE9, IE10, and IE11 Download History
    A) Click/tap on the Clear list button. (see screenshot below)
    Internet Explorer - Delete Download History-step_2.jpg
    5. When finished, click/tap on the Close button. (see screenshot below)
    Internet Explorer - Delete Download History-step_3.jpg



    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)
    Internet Explorer - Delete Download History-options-1.jpg
    3. Under Browsing history, click/tap on the Delete button. (see screenshot below)
    Internet Explorer - Delete Download History-options-2.jpg
    4. Check Download History, and click/tap on the Delete button. (see screenshot below)
    Internet Explorer - Delete Download History-options-3.jpg
    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)
    Internet Explorer - Delete Download History-options-4.jpg
    That's it,
    Shawn







  1. yxq
    Posts : 57
    Vista and Windows 7
       #1

    Where the download histroy of IE9 stored ? thank you
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  2. Posts : 70,368
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #2

    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
      My Computer


  3. yxq
    Posts : 57
    Vista and Windows 7
       #3

    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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  4. Posts : 70,368
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    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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  5. yxq
    Posts : 57
    Vista and Windows 7
       #5

    Thank you.
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 70,368
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    You're welcome mate. :)
      My Computer


  7. Posts : 2
    Windows 7 Pro 32bit
       #7

    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 =)
      My Computer


  8. Posts : 70,368
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #8

    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
      My Computer


  9. Posts : 2
    Windows 7 Pro 32bit
       #9

    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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