Tip of the week # 570
1 May 2019

Specify how many days to keep pages in history (Internet Explorer) *

1 May 2019

One of my own all-time favourite ways to go back to a web page I've visited before is to simply type part of its title in the browser's address bar. A list of websites you visited containing that title pops up and you can use your arrow keys or your mouse to open it.

If you like this way of working, you might want to change the number of days that pages are kept in the history. Mine were set at 20 days - the default - but you can go as high as 999.

Here's how:

  1. Click on the Tools button. (Or press ALT + X.)
  2. Click on Internet options (or press its underscored letter o).
  3. On the General tab, under Browsing history, click Settings.
  4. On the History tab change the number of days you want Internet Explorer to keep track of the pages you visit. (If you don't want a webpage history, you can set the number of days to 0.)
  5. Click OK twice.

Please be aware that there is a chance that this option has been disabled by the IT department where you work.

Related tips:

  1. Reopen recently closed tabs - tip_510.php
  2. Bring back the menu bar - tip_479.php
  3. Quickly access your Web browser history - tip_461.php
  4. Find websites you visited in the past - tip_264.php
  5. Why and how to clear your "cache" - tip_69.html


* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.