Google Chrome browser stores all the sites you have visited over a long period to form history. The cached data will be available and used to reload the pages when you revisit them. Though you can manage the browsing history using default Chrome settings, it may not be sufficient in many cases. If you are looking for managing browsing history effectively in Chrome, here are some of the useful extensions you can try.
Default Chrome Browsing History
You can access the history page in Chrome by going to “chrome://history” command URL. The section contains two parts – List and Journeys. The list section shows individual pages while journey collect the pages from same website and show them as a group. You can turn the journey section on or off from the sidebar setting menu.
- You can click any page to open it in a new tab.
- Remove the page or group from the history.
- Completely delete the browsing history.
- Search the history to find any specific page that you have visited previously.
- Chrome also allows you to view the browsing history from other devices. For this you should have logged with same Google account and enabled sync feature in the settings page.
After ninety days, Chrome automatically deletes those visited web pages that have stayed up to this time frame. The problem comes with infinitely scrolling to locate a page when you can’t remember the URL or do not know how to use the search box properly. So, organizing, keeping up to date and searching browsing history can be tedious with the default feature. But with these Chrome extensions, you will find it better or easier to put things in order.
Be rest assured of having to exceed or keep up with all your browsed pages for more than the Chrome’s limit of 90 days with this extension. It achieves this by using some portions of your system hard disk drive to store logs of your visited web pages as a history calendar.
You got an option to work with exportable data for further analysis as the extension provides the statistics of your most visited pages, the times you browsed webpages, and how long you spent on them. Also, there is search functionality to assist in querying or filtering the web history and a feature that allows you to export browsing history to a new computer.
Clearing the Chrome history doesn’t delete the extension’s stored browsing data but uninstalling it would have browsed history erased. Don’t worry about data exposure since the extension doesn’t share them over a network as it uses your local computer storage provision.
The extension uses the hierarchical format in the organization of the web browsing history. That is to say, the website visited is shown as a history, and on clicking it expand dropdown, it displays the individual pages visited on a website.
Further, the extension allows filtering of web history by date. Bookmarked pages are also visible, and there are other customizations obtainable with the extension.
The extension allows you to view browsed history within a specified time frame of choice and apply its search feature to filter web page results alphabetically and last or several times visited. You have much control to manage your web history, like deleting visits, merging downloads or web visits, and carrying out a search using regular expressions.
The one feature that makes this extension stand out is the functionality that enables you to search not only the title of the web pages you visited but page contents as well. It’s able to do this with the keyword you remember from previous sites visited, and on supplying that, the extension would rediscover all the visited web pages with such a key phrase.
You have to register and sign in with an account to use this, it allows for only 250 web pages history on a free service, and anything above requires paying a fee ($3/month premium users).
The extension makes it flexible to make selections with options available for managing past visited websites. It includes viewing histories in line with a particular day of the provided calendar and deleting web visits within specific dates. Sorting is an essential feature here for helping to segment or filter your history results further after a search.
Independency is a core factor in the extension in that it doesn’t depend on Chrome’s history but builds its database (this makes it a little bit slow at times). Customization is one functionality to try when you choose to set the appearance and required behavior for the extension.
The extension is more concise about displaying browsing history as statistical and interactive charts. Click on any portion of the chart to discover grouped web history and apply filters based on your search criteria. The extension would be essential when you are more concerned about web history data analysis.
You would often see your top ten most-used bookmarks, daily domains visited, and others. The extension works in line with Chrome, which means you have access to 90 days of your web history. In addition, on clearing browsing data everything returns to zero data analysis.
The extension primarily considers the organization of your visited websites. It puts them into a tabular form of web history by date and time. With a filter, you would have access to a collection of previous web searches.
Also, it gives you access to delete the web page visits you don’t want to keep. It presents a statistical overview of your history, like counts on each web visit and other statistics, and this would give you insights into your browsing habits. Feel free to export and import Chrome history with the extension.
The extension ensures that all the domains visited as browsing history have a representation in a pie chart display. And the chart with the highest portion explains the web pages on a website you visit often. A click on any side of the chart gives you listings of visited pages in a domain at a glance along with the statistics.
Think about not remembering the page visited, but when you did, this plugin helps to tailor down to discover such from web history with a specific date or time. You have the privilege to delete some or all the items in your web history and hide certain visited web pages. Also, provide statistics with browsed history.
10. Improved History
The extension uses a toolbar popup to display your web history in an enticing interface. It shows your web browsing activity by plotting each web item or page against the time visited. There is the provision of searching for visited web pages through keywords, and you can delete all or some of the web history pages.
Our choices on these extensions reflect their ratings, download rate and last update time. You can these extensions to look up a history item by date, search or sort based on URL/Keyword and delete specific items from browsing history.