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Remove Web Page History for Privacy

SUMMARY: Increase your privacy when browsing the web with Opera - eliminate website history tracking.

By default, Opera keeps a record of web addresses that you type, allowing you to access them by clicking the down arrow next to the address bar. Also, it keeps track of recently-visited web pages that can be pulled up by pressing Ctrl + H or by clicking the history panel button. And in Opera, when you type addresses or text in the address bar, not only is this list of websites searchable but also the full text of visited web pages. For example, after visiting MalekTips from Opera, typing windows in the address field shows MalekTips in the automatic completion popup because that text is contained in the web page.

While you may find the above convenient, this can violate your privacy, especially if others have access to your machine or if you are using a public computer (such as in an Internet cafe). Thus, to disable Opera's history tracking:

1. Click the "Tools" menu, selecting "Preferences". Or press Ctrl + F12.

2. When the "Preferences" multi-tabbed dialog box appears, click the "Advanced" tab.

3. On the left side of the "Preferences" dialog box, select "History".

4. On the right side of the "Preferences" dialog box, next to "Addresses", click the pull-down and select "0".

5. Click the "Clear" button.

6. Uncheck "Remember content on visited pages".

Disabling history in the Opera web browser.

7. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.

This tip was written regarding Opera v10.1 for Windows. Features, information, and screenshots for other versions / operating systems may vary.

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