Settings for privacy, browsing history and do-not-track

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This article describes the settings that are available in the Privacy panel of the Firefox OptionsPreferences window.

The Privacy panel allows you to:

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Tell web sites I do not want to be tracked: Checking this box will tell websites that you wish to opt-out of tracking by advertisers and other third-parties. Honoring this setting is voluntary — individual websites are not required to respect it. See How do I turn on the Do Not Track feature? for more info.


The Firefox will setting controls how Firefox saves information about your web browsing.

Remember history

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When Firefox will is set to Remember history:

Click on:

Never remember history

When Firefox will is set to Never remember history:

Using Never remember history is equivalent to always being in Firefox Private Browsing mode. For more information, see Private Browsing - Browse the web without saving information about the sites you visit.

Click on clear all current history to open the Clear Recent History window, which allows you to erase some or all of your history quickly. For more information, see Delete browsing, search and download history on Firefox.

Use custom settings for history

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When Firefox will is set to Use custom settings for history, the following settings will be available:

Click Show Cookies... to display the Cookies window. For more information on the Cookies window, see Delete cookies to remove the information websites have stored on your computer.

Location Bar

  • When using the location bar, suggest:
    The Location Bar is the horizontal bar that displays a site's web address (URL). When you type in the location bar, Firefox can display results that match what you type:
    • History and Bookmarks: If selected, the Location bar will display results from the list of sites you've visited and the pages you've bookmarked.
    • History: If selected, the Location bar will display results from the list of sites you've visited. Sites you've bookmarked but haven't visited will not show up.
    • Bookmarks: If selected, the Location bar will display results from the list of pages you've bookmarked.
    • Nothing: If selected, the Location bar will not display results that match what you type.

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