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Make a shortcut to clear your IE7 browsing history & Internet files

Posted February 2007 by Steve Sinchak

Would you like to make a shortcut that will clear all of your personal information from IE7?  Using a cool trick it is very easy to call the API's that the Delete Browsing History box in IE7 uses to clear your Temporary Internet Files, Cookies, History, Form Data and Stored Passwords. Follow the steps below to make a shortcut that clears all of these items or just a specific item:

  1. Right click on your desktop and select New and then Shortcut.
  • For the location of the item, enter one of these values:

    • Clear Temporary Internet Files:
      RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 8* Clear Cookies:
      RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 2* Clear History:
      RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 1* Clear Form Data:
      RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 16* Clear Saved Passwords:
      RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 32* Delete All:
      RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 255* Delete All w/Clear Add-ons Settings:
      RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351- Once you have entered in the command in the location box hit Next.
  • Type in a name and hit Enter.

When you are finished you can drag your new shortcut to the Quick Launch bar or even into the Startup folder of the Start Menu to make Windows automatically clear your history when you log in.

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