Microsoft Edge Clear Browsing Data on Exit - Turn On or Off

    Microsoft Edge Clear Browsing Data on Exit - Turn On or Off

    How to Turn On or Off Clear Browsing Data on Exit of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off Clear Browsing Data on Exit of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Microsoft Edge is a new web browser added in Windows 10, and will be available across the Windows 10 device family. It is fast, compatible, and built for the modern Web.

    Your browsing data is the information that Microsoft Edge remembers and stores on a PC as your browse the web. This includes info you've entered into forms, passwords, and sites you've visited, and it helps make your browsing experience better. If you're using a shared or public PC, you might not want Microsoft Edge to remember your browsing data.

    Starting in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14271, you can now turn on or off to always clear browsing data when you close Microsoft Edge.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to automatically clear your browsing data when you close Microsoft Edge in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Clear Browsing Data on Exit in Microsoft Edge Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Clear Browsing Data on Exit using a REG file





    Microsoft Edge Clear Browsing Data on Exit - Turn On or Off OPTION ONE Microsoft Edge Clear Browsing Data on Exit - Turn On or Off
    To Turn On or Off Clear Browsing Data on Exit in Microsoft Edge Settings

    1. Open the Microsoft Edge app.

    2. Click/tap on the More actions button at the top right corner, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on the Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Turn on or off (default) Always clear this when I close the browser for what you want to do. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If turned on, then check the items you want to be cleared on exit, and uncheck the items you don't want cleared.


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    Microsoft Edge Clear Browsing Data on Exit - Turn On or Off OPTION TWO Microsoft Edge Clear Browsing Data on Exit - Turn On or Off
    To Turn On or Off Clear Browsing Data on Exit using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\Privacy

    ClearBrowsingHistoryOnExit DWORD

    0 = Off
    1 = On


    1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Clear Browsing Data On Exit of Microsoft Edge

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_On_Microsoft_Edge_ClearBrowsingHistoryOnExit.reg

    download

     3. To Turn Off Clear Browsing Data On Exit of Microsoft Edge

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_Off_Microsoft_Edge_ClearBrowsingHistoryOnExit.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Nov 2015
    Pretoria South Africa
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    Win 10 Pro Build 1607 14393.576
       2016-02-25 #1

    Shawn,

    So basically, what is being added is the on/Off button?

    Geoff
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,517
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-02-25 #2

    Hello Geoff,

    Yep, just the on/off button to have it automatically clear your browsing data on exit instead of having to manually clear it when you like.
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  3. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Version 1511 (OS Build 10586.164)
       2016-03-27 #3

    Hello Shawn,

    I tried your registry hack for Edge and it did not work. I had to add the DWORD ClearBrowsingHistoryOnExit because it did not exist. In fact, ever since a big Windows 10 update that occurred early 2016; InPrivate now stores the history on exit and it use to work fine before the update.

    I have the recent Windows 10 update Version 1511 (OS Build 10586.164). The Microsoft Edge 25.10856.0.0, Microsoft EdgeHTML 13.10586.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-03-27 #4

    Hello Jake1, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If the .reg file didn't add the key, then it sounds like you may not have fully approved the merge for it to do so.
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  5. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Version 1511 (OS Build 10586.164)
       2016-03-27 #5

    I am not in the "Windows Insider Program", which obviously you are, with build 14295. I do not have the "Always clear this when I close the browser" button at the bottom of "Clear browsing data" in my build.

    I'm simply receiving the normal, timely, slow ring updates from Microsoft; presently Build 10586.164. That's probably the issue...
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,517
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-03-27 #6

    Yep, that would be why then. You'll have to have at least build 14271 for this to work.
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  7. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Version 1511 (OS Build 10586.164)
       2016-03-27 #7

    Brink said: View Post
    Yep, that would be why then. You'll have to have at least build 14271 for this to work.
    That's what I thought but was hoping for the miracle!

    Great article!!!

    Thank you, Jake
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  8. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-03-27 #8

    It's always fun to try though.
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