Have you ever wondered if it was possible to clear the list of URLs (addresses) that you’ve visted in Internet Explorer (IE) without clearing the cache? Or what if you only want to delete certain URLs and not the entire list? Sure, you could delete each entry one by one by selecting each one from the address bar. But there is another way, if you’re not shy when it comes to modifying your registry. Here’s how:
- Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
Note: As always, before making changes to your registry you should always make sure you have a valid backup. In cases where you’re supposed to delete or modify keys or values from the registry it is possible to first export that key or value(s) to a .REG file before performing the changes.
- Locate the following key in the registry:HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerTypedURLs
- Delete all the URLx (e.g. URL1, URL2 and so on) that you do not wish to be visible in the address bar drop down list.Note: If you delete only certain keys, make sure that the remaining keys are in renamed in sequential order start from url1. Otherwise you might corrupte your remaining keys.
- Close the registry editor.
It’s worth noting that all IE windows should have been closed before doing the above steps.