How to Delete your Google Chrome History Selectively

Published in: Google Chrome

Would you not like Google Chrome (and Google) to keep a record of websites that you have visited recently? Well you can remove your browsing history from Chrome in two easy steps. Type chrome://history in the browser’s address bar, click the “Clear Browsing Data” button and your history will be deleted permanently.

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Remove Chrome History Selectively

Now consider a slightly different scenario. You want to preserve most of the browsing history in Chrome but would like to selectively remove certain items from the history. Maybe you want to remove all traces of visits to a particular website. Or you are trying to remove all web pages from Chrome’s history that contain a particular keyword.

That’s not difficult either. Use the search box in the Chrome history page to find web pages from a particular website, then hover your mouse over the items you wish to remove and select the checkbox. Do this for every page you need to remove and then click the “Remove Selected Items” button.

If you are to remove 50 pages from the history, you will have to select 50 different checkboxes manually. There’s no “Select All” button in Chrome’s history pages.

That can be tedious task so here’s a simple workaround that requires no Chrome extensions.

Select the checkbox against the first item in the history results and then scroll to the bottom of the history page. Now select the checkbox against the last item but keep the SHIFT key down. This will select the entire list and you can now remove them from history with a click.

Published in: Google Chrome

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