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How to View and Clear Download History in Microsoft Edge

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If you’re using Microsoft Edge on Windows or Mac, it’s easy to view and clear your download history in just a few clicks, which can help you keep your privacy. Here’s how to do it.

First, open Edge. In any Edge window, press Ctrl + J on your keyboard. Or you can click the menu button (three dots) in the upper right corner and select “Downloads”.

In Edge, click the menu button (three dots), then select "Downloads."

Your download history will appear in a special menu that extends from an area next to the address bar. With this menu, you can view the status of downloads in progress, view a log of completed downloads, open your downloads folder, search for downloads, and more.

The list of downloads in Microsoft Edge.

To remove a single file from the Downloads list in Edge, hover over the entry in the list until you see the icons appear next to it. (If the file you want to delete is not visible, click “See more” at the bottom of the menu). Click the trash can icon next to the file you want to remove from the list.

If you want to clear all of your Edge download history, open the Downloads list (press Ctrl + J), then click the three-dot button in the Downloads list. In the pop-up menu, click “Clear all download history.”

Note: Clearing your download history will not delete or affect the actual files that you have downloaded. The files will still be stored on the computer where you last placed them.

In Edge, click the three-dot button in the Downloads list, then select "Clear all download history."

Click “Delete All” in the warning pop-up window to confirm and your download history will be cleared.

It is important to note that Edge’s InPrivate browsing mode will not automatically clear your download history, so you will need to manually clear it from time to time to maintain your local privacy. Stay safe out there!

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