How to Find and Return to Web Pages You've Recently Visited

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SUMMARY

The Internet Explorer 6 History list makes it easy to find and return to Web sites and pages you've visited in the past. Whether it's today or a few weeks ago, the History list can record every page you visit, so it's easy to go back later on.

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Return to a Web Page That You Just Visited

To return to the last page you visited, click the Back button on the Internet Explorer 6 toolbar.

Click the Forward button to retrace your steps and return to pages you visited before you clicked the Back button.

To see one of the last nine pages you visited in this session, click the tiny black arrow to the right of the Back or Forward button, and then click the page you want from the list.

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Forward button on the Internet Explorer 6 toolbar



Find a Web Page That You Visited Today or a Few Weeks Ago

Have you ever stumbled on an interesting Web page, wanted to return to it, but forgotten where it was? History list to the rescue!

Internet Explorer 6 automatically records Web pages you've visited both today and in the past. It organizes them in folders on the History bar by the day you visited. Within each day, it organizes the Web sites alphabetically in folders, putting each page visited on that site in that folder. (Internet Explorer 6 stores every visit for the last 20 days to begin with, but you can change this number. Learn how in the Change the Number of Days that Internet Explorer 6 Tracks Pages You've Visited section below.)

Here's how to find pages in the History list:

  1. On the Internet Explorer 6 toolbar, click the History button.Internet Explorer 6 opens the History bar on the left side of the screen. 
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    History button on the Internet Explorer 6 toolbar
  2. In the History bar, click the time period you want to search.For example, you may want to see all the sites you visited today. See step 2 in the image below.
  3. Click the Web site folder to open the list of pages, and then click the link to the page to display the Web page itself. See step 3 in the image below. 
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    History bar showing Web pages sorted by time period
  4. When you've finished using the History bar, click the Close button.
Tip: You can delete any Web site or page from the History list. Right-click a Web site folder or Web page, and click Delete.
A cautionary note: If you delete a Web site folder, Internet Explorer 6 deletes the folders and all the links to all the pages stored in that folder.

Sort Recently Visited Web Pages
In addition to sorting frequently visited Web pages by date, you can also organize them by Site, Most Visited, and Order Visited Today. In the History bar, click the tiny black arrow next to the View button, and choose how you want to sort the Web pages.


Search for a Specific Web Page

If you remember a distinctive word from a Web address or from the Web page itself, you can search in the history for that word to look for the Web page.

In the History bar, click the Search button. In the Search box, type the term or phrase you're looking for, and click Search Now. Internet Explorer 6 displays a list of all Web pages that include mention of that term in the address or on the Web page.

Change the Number of Days that Visited Pages Are Tracked

By default, Internet Explorer 6 records every Web page you visit for 20 days—a time period you can change. Perhaps you're doing some in-depth research and want to store Web page links for a longer period of time. Or perhaps you spend a lot of time on the Web and you want to free up a little bit of disk space by limiting the number of days Internet Explorer 6 remembers your visits. Whatever the reason, it's easy to change the number of days.

  1. In Internet Explorer 6, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  2. On the General tab, under History, change the number of days that the History list keeps track of your pages, and click OK.

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Article ID: 2496029 - Last Review: January 14, 2011 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1
Keywords: 
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