Clear Browsing Data including Cookies, Flash Cookies, Cache, History, and Saved Passwords

SUMMARY: For privacy, clear data Google Chrome stores regarding your browsing history.

Even though Google Chrome supports "Incognito" browsing where history information is not kept and cookies are removed after browsing, there may be times when you do not use this mode and realize that a lot of potentially private information is being stored. Also, you may wish to delete Flash cookies that may be stored when you visit sites using that plug-in.

Thus, Google Chrome supports a feature where you can quickly clear browsing and download histories, the cache, cookies, Flash cookies, saved passwords, and/or saved form data.

1. Click on the Tools (wrench) button.

2. Select "Options".

3. When the "Google Chrome Options" dialog box appears, click the "Under the Hood" tab.

4. Underneath "Privacy", click the "Clear Browsing Data" button.

4. A "Clear Browsing Data" dialog box appears. Check entries you want cleared and remove the checkboxes from items you wish to keep.

5. Next to "Clear data from this period", click the pull-down to choose whether you would like data cleared from just the last hour, day, week, last four weeks, or all data.

6. Once you are sure of your selections, click the "Clear Browsing Data" button to clear your data.

Clearing browsing data stored by Google Chrome

7. To clear Flash cookies, click the "Clear browsing data" button again to reshow the dialog, and then click the "Adobe Flash Player storage settings" link. A new browser window will appear showing the Flash "Website Storage Settings panel". To delete all Flash cookies, click the "Delete all sites" button, then click "Confirm" if prompted.

Deleting Flash cookies via Google Chrome

8. Close the new browser window, then click "Close" on the dialog boxes.
This tip was written regarding Google Chrome 6.0.472.63 on a Windows 7 machine. Google Chrome features, instructions, and screenshots may differ depending on your installed version and operating system.

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