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Microsoft Edge remembers information for you, making it easier to return to a favorite site or fill in forms. Unless you use an InPrivate window, it stores your browsing history—your passwords, info you've entered in forms, sites you've visited, and other information too.

Most of this info is stored on your PC only, but if you use Cortana, some info is also stored in the cloud so Cortana can bring you timely and personal suggestions and assistance.

You can easily see your browser history—just select Favorites > History . And any time you want to clear the history, you can.

Clear browsing history stored on your PC

  1. To view your browsing history, in your Microsoft Edge browser, select Favorites > History .

  2. Select Clear history.

  3. Choose the types of data you want to remove from your PC (see the table for descriptions). For example, you may want to remove browsing history and cookies, but keep the history for autofill and passwords.

  4. Select Clear.

Clear browsing history stored in the cloud (if you use Cortana)

  1. To view your browsing history, in your Microsoft Edge browser, select Favorites > History .

  2. Select Change what Microsoft Edge knows about me in the cloud, then select Clear activity.

What you can delete from your browsing history

Types of info

What gets deleted

Where it's stored

Browsing history

The URLs of sites you've visited, and the dates and times of each visit.

In the cloud and on your PC

Cookies and saved website data

Info that sites store on your PC to remember your preferences, such as sign-in info or your location.

On your PC

Cached data and files

Copies of pages, images, and other media content stored on your PC. The browser uses these copies to load content faster the next time you visit those sites.

On your PC

Tabs I've set aside or recently closed

Tabs that you've set aside or recently closed.

On your PC

Download history

The list of files you've downloaded from the web. This only deletes the list, not the actual files that you've downloaded.

On your PC

Autofill data (includes forms and cards)

Info that you've entered into forms, such as your email, credit card, or a shipping address.

On your PC


Passwords that you've saved for sites.

On your PC

Media licenses

PlayReady/Digital Rights Management content licenses.

On your PC

Website permissions

Select Manage permissions to see a list for each website, including location, full screen, pop-ups, and media autoplay.

On your PC


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