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Internet Explorer History Location

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Internet Explorer gathers and then stores the web site history (programs you have downloaded, web sites you have visited, etc.) on your computer. This page will help you to see all IE history location saved in your Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 systems.


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1. Summary

You know what the Web (WWW) means: all web sites that we have created with texts, links, pictures, scripts, videos,  search boxes, etc. on them and you know that these web sites are a part of the Internet - the global system of  interconnected computers:

A graphic presentation of small part of Internet


These days, I made some searches through Internet to find if such concept as web history (not history as the creation and the development of WWW) but history as browsing history and URL history exist for example.

My search showed: No Results. So, I decided to give to this concept a new meaning that includes the typed URL history, the browsing history, the AutoComplete history, etc. of each web site in Internet.

See what kinds of Web history exist in the next step or jump over step 3 if you already know this information.

2. So, what kinds of Web history are there?

First, you have to know that each browser gathers and shows the data (as text, links, credit card info, visited domains, preferences, etc.) of web sites where you have been. These data also are called:
  • Browsing history: The browsers remember all web pages that you visit on the Internet and even some folders on your own PC under the name browsing history.
  • Typed URL history: This URL history is a special history composed by all web site addresses that you typed directly in the address bar of your browser, Windows Explorer and Run dialog.
  • AutoComplete history: These are entries you've made for Web forms (including your name, e-mail, SSN, credit card information) and passwords.
  • Wininet credentials history: This browser feature remembers the user names and passwords, used on the secure web sites (i.e. the sites that pop up a small dialog window, asking you for your user name and password in order to log in).
  • Search history: It is the list of recently searched words from the Search Bar of a browser. This history is obvious privacy threat because anybody with an easy access to your computer (colleagues, friends, family member for instance) can see your searches.
  • Download history: By default the integrated download manager of the browsers remembers the names and locations of downloaded files for very long time.

Second: Huh, a long history!


3. Where to see my IE History Files Location?

Use your Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer to see the web history stored on your computer:

Through Internet Explorer:

  • Internet Explorer 6 History Location in Windows XP

Open View -> Explorer Bar -> History


The 'View' option in left shows the IE 6 collected history
by data, size, most visited and order visited today.

  • Internet Explorer 7 History Location in Windows XP

Open View -> Explorer Bar -> History


Unlike IE 6, IE 7 has more history-view options
as favorites history and feeds history.

  • IE 8 History Location in Windows XP and Windows 7

Click on this little blue arrow to see recent history.


If you want to see all IE 8 history, click 'History' option
of the drop down menu or type Ctrl +Shift + H.


Through Windows Explorer:

This program will help you to find the location of all kinds of Web history (search history, download history, browsing history, typed URL history, etc.) saved on your computer.


  • Web History Location in Windows XP


Open C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\History
(where 'C' is your hard drive)




  • Web History Location in Windows Vista and Windows 7


Open C:\Users\\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\History.IE5\index.dat
or C:\Users\\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\History.IE5\Low\index.dat
(where 'C' is your hard drive)


It is a fact that, the so-called index.dat files contain all web
history that browsers have gathered. You can use some file utility or
binary (hex) editor to find these files and view their content.
back to all Internet Explorer History Topics


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 12:57  


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