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How do I view the hidden history of websites visited on my computer?

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Hidden Internet history can be accessed through the browser's History page, usually found on the menu bar under the View tab or on its own tab. Most browsers allow Windows and Macintosh computers to pull the page up automatically by keying in "CTRL-H" or "CMD-H," though individual settings may vary. Google Chrome and Firefox allow users to search for keywords, making it much easier to find a lost page.

If a browser cache is cleared, accessing deleted history is impossible. However, Ivy Tech Community College's technology desk recommends regularly clearing the cache for the computer to function more efficiently. The cache consists of downloaded Web pages stored locally on the hard drive, speeding up the loading process of return visits. Resetting the browser history also allows the browser to access the most recent copy of a given Web page.

Google Chrome and Firefox also provide safe modes that allow users to browse the Internet without a record of the sites being kept. In Firefox, this is known as Private Browsing and can be accessed through the menu and by selecting New Private Window. Links can also be opened in Private Mode. In Google Chrome, this is known as Incognito. If a website is opened in either mode, the browser does not create a temporary cache file, and it cannot be accessed through the History tab.


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