Browsing history - how much could it become "big" and affect Firefox performance?
Hi everybody, I never cleared my browsing history so far, because I often need to know which websites I already visited when I perform a research on Google. Having the previously visited URLs shown in a different colour is useful for my work.
However, I am wondering whether this huge amount of data could affect the browser speed and memory usage. More specifically, I have a few questions:
1) Out of curiosity, in which file of Firefox installation folder the history is saved, and where can I find it? 2) Do you think it is possible to clear ALL the browsing history, except for one specific URL? 3) Could a cluttered browsing history file affect negatively my browser performance?
Many thanks in advance for your help, Elisa
Modified by eli dunkel
All Replies (2)
1. Firefox stores your history and bookmarks together in a database file named places.sqlite which is in your profile folder . 2.Go to Options window > Privacy panel > in History session click Use custom setting for History > Clear history when Firefox closes then Settings button is active click it and then click everything except Download history or other things you want to keep it > click OK to save it, exit firefox and restart it. 3.it is not proven but clearing your history could improve browsing speed because your computer and/or internet isn't busy saving your history.
I see, thanks for your reply.
1) My places.sqlite file size is 15 MB. Is it very big or still "acceptable"? 2) This does not address exactly my question, I am afraid - in fact, I would need to delete only partially my history, except the pages I visited on certain domains. 3) Thanks.