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How To Clear Browsing History on Exit in Microsoft Edge

If don’t want Edge to keep track of your browsing activity, you can make it clear the history on exit. i.e., when you use the Edge browser window. This is particularly helpful if you are using a public computer or sharing your browser with others and don’t want them to see your online activity. This article takes you through the steps of configuring the Edge browser to clear history on exit. Let’s get started.

Clear history on exit in Microsoft Edge

Unlike in Chrome, on Edge, you can use the built-in option to automatically delete history when you close the browser Windows. Follow the below steps to learn how.

Step 1: Open the Microsoft Edge browser.

open Microsoft Edge browser

Step 2: Click on the Menu > Settings option.

open Microsoft Edge settings

Step 3: Go to the Privacy, search, and services sidebar tab.

Step 4: Click on the “Choose what to clear every time you close the browser” option.

click on choose what to clear option in edge

Step 5: Toggle ON the Browsing History option

enable browsing history option to clear browsing history on exit in edge

Step 6: Optionally, enable the Download History and Cookies and other site data options.

That’s it. From now on, every time you close the browser, Edge will automatically clear the browsing history.

Clear history on exit in Edge — Registry method

You can also delete browsing history on exit in Edge from the Registry. This method is helpful if your system has multiple users and want this option to be enabled for all of them.

  1. Open the Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\” folder.
  3. Right-click on the Microsoft folder.
  4. Choose the New > Key option.
  5. Set the folder name as Edge.
  6. Right-click on the Edge folder.
  7. Choose the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option.
  8. Set the value name as ClearBrowsingDataOnExit.
  9. Double-click on the new value.
  10. Change the value data to 1 from 0 and click on Ok.
  11. Close the Registry Editor.
  12. Reboot your computer.

That is all. It is that simple to clear your browsing history on exit in Edge. I hope it helps.

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