Did you ever want to delete a quantity of browser history from Chrome? If you’ve looked around, you may know that it’s easy to delete just one history item, or to delete absolutely everything. But that’s not always practical – it’s never what I want to do! Now I will show you how to delete a portion of your history without blasting all of it – something not documented anywhere that I know of.
How To Exercise Portion Control
Click your Chrome menu. That’s the 3-line thingie near the upper right of your browser. Then click History in the menu that appears.
Now you’ll see a list of recent history items.
Choose a Group of Items to Delete
To narrow down the items displayed, do a search using the “Search History” box at the top. After you’ve settled on a group of items to delete…
- Click the checkbox on the first item
- Scroll to the bottom of the page
- Press the Shift button on your keyboard and hold it down. While holding it down, click the checkbox on the last item. This is the secret trick! This is in no menu, and is not mentioned anywhere on the screen.
- Scroll back to the top of the page, and click “Remove Selected Items”.
You can also select from bottom to top – that is, select the last item you want to delete, and then do shift-click on something above that.
You don’t need to select absolutely everything on your page – you can start with any item on the page, and shift-click something above or below it.
Finally, if you see an item or two that you want to keep amongst your selected items, you can do CTRL-click to unselect each one. (possibly command-click on Apple?) While trying this out, I found that sometimes I’d click the wrong thing and lose the first clicked item. In that case I just closed and opened History again to start over.
History Doesn’t Repeat Itself
Ain’t that fun? 🙂 It’s not entirely magic – if you have more than one page of results from your search, you may need to repeat the procedure. But getting about 100 at once is worlds better than manually clicking hundreds of checkboxes!
It’s so nice to clear out unwanted “URL suggestions” when you’re searching for useful things, not to mention having a cleaner, faster history database.
Now you can manage your history like a pro!