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Search: Google History

Warning: some users don’t like the idea of being able to see, or store, their Google search history. Here is the relevant portion of the privacy policy:

Web History records information about the web pages you visit and your activity on Google, including your search queries, the results you click on, and the date and time of your searches in order to improve your search experience and display your web activity. Over time, the service may also use additional information about your activity on Google or other information you provide us in order to deliver a more personalized experience.

With Google History, you can view and search across the full text of the pages you’ve visited, including Google searches, web pages, images, videos and news stories.

You’ll need a Google account first. If you don’t, go here: http://is.gd/kpsu

To get the complete features, you’ll also need to install the Google Toolbar. You can download that here.

Click on the blue button:

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And follow the instructions.

Once the toolbar is installed, go to www.google.com/history

You’ll probably be prompted with a password:

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Check the box if you want the computer to remember your web history (don’t forget to log out of Google when you’ve finished if it’s not your computer.)

The Google history page looks like this (click on it for a full image):

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On the left you’ll see categories of what you’ve read.

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In the main part of the page you’ll see a list of all the sites you’ve visited—so long as you’ve been logged on to Google:

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On the right you’ll see a calendar. The shade of green denotes how much data there is there. The darker the green, the more sites are there.

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A note: If you want to remove searches you’ve made, or websites you’ve visited, click on the Remove items link on the left:

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Click on the items you want to remove

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and then click on the Remove button above:

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Alternately, you could Pause Google’s storing of your web history, or Clear the entire web history.

Use the search box to search through your web history for something specific:

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