How to View and Clear Download History in Microsoft Edge

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If you use Microsoft Edge on Windows or Mac, it’s easy to view and clear your download history with just a few clicks, which can help maintain your privacy. Here’s how.

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. Using this menu, you can see the status of ongoing downloads, view a record 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 icons appear next to it. (If the file you want to remove isn’t displayed, 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 your entire Edge download history, open the downloads list (press Ctrl+J), then click the three-dot button in the downloads list. In the menu that appears, click “Clear all download history”.

To note: Clearing your download history will not delete or affect the actual files you have downloaded. Files will always be stored on the computer where you last placed them.

In Edge, click the three dots button in the downloads list, then select "Clear all download history."

Click “Delete All” in the warning window to confirm, and your download history will be erased.

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

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