How to Delete Toolbar Entries in Internet Explorer

by Contributing Writer

The Internet Explorer toolbar saves a history of sites that you have visited. As you type a new address in your Internet Explorer, you may notice a bunch of old sites that you have been to appear below the toolbar. To get rid of entries that appear, you need to got through a back end registry file. It takes about five minutes to complete this task.

Step 1

Close all applications and programs.

Step 2

Press the "Windows" key and the "R" key on your keyboard simultaneously. (Alternatively, click "Start," then click "Run.")

Step 3

Type "regedit" (without the quotes) in the field and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.

Step 4

Scroll down through the folders on the left side to: "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\TypedURLs."

Step 5

View the list of files that appear in the main window. The files that begin with "url" correspond to urls saved in your Internet Explorer toolbar history. Under the data column, you can view the actual Web addresses.

Step 6

Right click the url entry that you want to delete. Scroll down and hit "Delete."

Step 7

Repeat Steps 5 and 6 to remove more entries.

Step 8

Close all windows when you are finished deleting toolbar entries.

About the Author

Brendan O'Brien is a professional journalist in Milwaukee, Wis. He has worked for several news organizations, newspapers such as the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" and trade magazines during his career of more than 15 years. He is currently a freelance writer who works for several publications.