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I found this week that every time I open a site or check a news item ..it is recorded and saved..apparently forever. How do I get rid of these long lists?

I open Tools....Internet options....Settings....Files, and there is a list as long as my arm. I don't even recognise some of these sites. If I just delete them all do I lose all my Passwords on any site that I would want to keep? When I have had technical assist in the past for anything I usually lose all passwords. It is a chore to get them back again. Memory is not enough and sometimes I have to start all over with new passwords.
I simply can't go through line by line to see if there is a favourite forum or url I would want to save. In fact most of them are strange to me.

How to get rid of them????

Any help gratefully received.

Peggy
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Peggy, I think I know what area of Internet Explorer you're referring to. That list you mentioned stores copies of all the websites you visit, and is also referred to as the "cache" of Internet Explorer. Apparently, the purpose of this feature is to speed up the time it takes for a web page to load.

Here's a helpful link on the cache of Internet Explorer, also known as Temporary Internet Files:

Temporary Internet Files

There is a way to delete your Temporary Internet Files, and I think you can do that by clicking on 'Tools', 'Internet Options', and then the 'Delete' option under the Browsing History section. However, I believe this option will also delete any saved passwords you may have.

If you want to compile an easily accessible list of websites that you frequently visit, you can always use your 'Favorites' tab. This way, you can only save the websites that you want to.

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Hi Greg,
thanks for your input. I thought the same thing actually and I think it is one of the few really inept items on the computer. There should be a way to keep what you want while eliminating all the spam. I'll have to take time to sort it out. Hate to slow myself down with this sort of housekeeping.!!!

Thanks
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You're welcome, Peggy! I think there might be a way to delete these Temporary Internet Files on Internet Explorer without erasing all your saved passwords, but I'm not exactly sure how it or if it works. I use Mozilla Firefox, another type of internet browser, so it the settings are different than the ones used on Internet Explorer.
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Technically, any "Temporary File" that your computer saves from websites are eventually deleted. That is why they are referred to as temporary. So depending on the disk space allocated to temporary files, after browsing other sites old temporary files will get removed to make space for the new temporary files.

Put it this way. Depending on how many different sites you frequent every day, you probably wouldn't have the files from a website you only visited 2 weeks ago. What you're probably referring to are the lists we call "History". That does have an endless amount of links of sites we visited.

When you're in Internet Options, click on Delete under Browsing History. This won't delete anything yet, but will bring up another window that lets you delete certain areas of information.

These are the things you DON'T want to delete, they usually store your passwords:
Cookies
Passwords

The other things listed below are free to get removed:
Temporary Internet Files
History
Form Data

So just click DELETE on the right of those 3 options and you're set.
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Moises,

Arrigato and bows to you. I will do this tomorrow. Got to hit the sack now. I have not been getting my beauty sleep lately.

You are so kind guys to help this old lady across the road. :-)


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Thanks for the helpful explanation, Moises! Looks like there is a way to delete the browsing history and temporary files without getting rid of any saved passwords after all. I just checked Mozilla Firefox's options, and it looks like the procedure is very similar to how it's done in Internet Explorer, except the Temporary Internet Files are referred to as "Cache" in this browser.

You're welcome, Peggy! emoticon
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