How to view Internet History in IE9

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Internet Explorer HistroyHow to view your (or your child’s) history of websites visited.  This articles shows you how easy it is, assuming they have not deleted the history ahead of time, or have the web browser set to automatically delete before you have a chance to look at it.  Even if they do have it set to delete automatically, you can change that setting, and chances are, they won’t know you changed it, and next time you check their history, you’ll see it all.

Click your Favorites icon (the star) in the top right corner of your web browser in the latest version of Internet Explorer 9.  you will see 3 tabs.  Your Favorites, Feeds, & History.

Click on the History tab.  you can then click on which day of the week you want to see the history for, then it drills down to which website or location on the computer was accessed.  Click on one of those yellow folders, and you will see the exact page on that website that was visited, or the exact location on your computer that was accessed.  It’s that simple.

What if your child has already set the Internet history settings to delete before you can view it?  Here’s where to check.

Delete history in IE9Click Tools (the bolt in the top right corner of your screen).  Click Internet Options.

In this screen you will see a section for “Browsing history”.  There is a check box for “Delete browsing history on exit”.  Uncheck that box.  If that check was on, that explains why you could never see any history.

If that check mark was not in that box, your child is hitting the “Delete” button before they close the web browser.  If they are smart enough to cover their tracks, you may want to purchase some surveillance software to basically spy on them.  There are some really in expensive ones like has SSPro for $30 at the time this article was written.  It can email you screen shots and logs of websites visited as well as chat messages, programs accessed and more.

About Daniel Gauthier

work as a peace officer in various forms. Daniel wrote a book in 2009 called “Tech-Knowledgy” which got him on television and radio a few times. The concept behind the book was “to level the playing field between computer techs and non-techies so they don’t get take advantage of”. Daniel has a couple certifications including MCP and A+; he is preparing to write the Network+ exam and has studied CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator). Daniel has run his own computer service business “TwinBytes” since 2004. He has done a few talks on cyber security and generally enjoys training, educating and helping others.