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[How-To] Disable History button in Internet Explorer

Internet history is a vital tool of a web browser for any of the regular web surfers, as we all know, it stores the links of the websites that one have visited in the recent past. It's very time saving and pleasing to get the desired site name in the web address bar as soon as you enter the first letter. So, practically, no one on the earth would like the browser to stop saving history for you.

But in other case, if a computer is shared among several users, and they don't want to reveal the site names that they have visited yet want the history to be stored for easier life, here is the one cool geek to disable the history button of Internet Explorer.

You have to do a small Windows Registry tweak to do this. And it hardly takes a minute. (If you don't know what exactly The Windows Registry is, do click the link above that will take you to Wikipedia page.)

So, Here are the steps to follow...

  1. Goto Start > Run and type "regedit" without quotes. Press Enter
  2. Now you will see the Windows Registry window.
    In this window, navigate to
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Internet Explorer > Control Panel
  3. Now on the right side of the window, right click on the registry entry named History. You need to edit its DWORD Value.
    If you are not seeing the History entry,then right click and make a new entry named History.
  4. Now double click on it to edit its value and change the value to "1" instead of "0".
  5. Now, hit OK and close the window.
    And check the Internet Explorer for the history button....Magic!!! It's gone!!!

Rajat Patel

Rajat Patel

Founder at TheNextGeek.com. Software Engineer & Business Analyst by profession. Avid open source evangelist. Mostly writes about Technology that interests him, and some neat tricks to make your day-to-day tech life a breeze.

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