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If selected, Firefox will keep a list of the pages you've visited in the last n days - no it doesn't, only today and yesterday

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History Library was listing several months of pages. I deleted these but did not alter any settings (knowingly). Ever since it has only remembered Today and sometimes Yesterday though in Tools,Options,Privacy I have selected remember for 5 days

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  • Make sure that the History is set to at least 1 day: Tools > Options > Privacy > History: "Remember visited pages for at least"
  • Make sure that you do not start Firefox in Private Browsing mode (Tools > Stop Private Browsing is grayed, see Private Browsing - Use Firefox without saving history)
  • To see History and Cookie settings in Tools > Options > Privacy, choose the setting "Firefox will: Use custom settings for history"

You can look at these prefs on the about:config page.

To open the about:config page, type about:config in the location (address) bar and press the "Enter" key, just like you type the url of a website to open a website.
If you see a warning then you can confirm that you want to access that page.


If you use cleanup software like CCleaner then check the settings for the Firefox application.

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Thanks but I reckon I'm ok on these points. Ever since I deleted the months of unnecessary pages in Tools > Options > Privacy > History: I have selected 5 days (as I posted above) and "Firefox will: Use custom settings for history". I've never started Firefox in Private Browsing nor used any cleanup software. I'm guessing that it was maybe set previously at 'history_expire_days_min (90)' and that's how I was getting several months?

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Did you check the setting of browser.history_expire_days ?

The value of that pref determines how many history is kept in places.sqlite on disk.

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Thanks but sorry I don't understand. Been round mozillazine but just came back to where I'd been. Tools > Options > Privacy > History: "Remember visited pages for at least" Where do I check browser.history_expire_days setting please?

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See http://kb.mozillazine.org/about%3Aconfig

To open the about:config page, type about:config in the location (address) bar and press the "Enter" key, just like you type the url of a website to open a website.
If you see a warning then you can confirm that you want to access that page.

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Did that and copied that line as follows"browser.history_expire_days_min;5" (actual text didn't copy, original reads 'user set' 'integer' '5') What is next move please? Thanks again, John

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Tried again and as well as the line "browser.history_expire_days_min;5" there is another line "browser.history_expire_days" which I set to 5 also (as it was 1) Glad to say history is now listing Today, Yesterday and Last 7 Days and seems to be sticking at that Thanks for the help, John

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I have the same problem and tried to carry out the method you have described but the problem still remains. The settings relating to history in the about:config area is as follows:

browser.history.showSessions;false browser.history_expire_days;5 browser.history_expire_days.mirror;5 browser.history_expire_days_min;5 browser.history_expire_sites;40000

Any suggestions?

Modified by tapeka

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I've gone into mine just now as above and all my browser.history entries read exactly the same as yours so I don't know I'm afraid. Mine has worked perfectly ever since my December post showing history up to the Last 7 Days. Needs one of the experts to spot this item in the Forum again.

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Create a new profile as a test to check if your current profile is causing the problems.
See Basic Troubleshooting: Make a new profile

There may be extensions and plugins installed by default in a new profile, so check that in "Tools > Add-ons > Extensions & Plugins"

If that new profile works then you can transfer some files from the old profile to that new profile (be careful not to copy corrupted files)

See http://kb.mozillazine.org/Transferring_data_to_a_new_profile_-_Firefox

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Thanks for your replies. I have now had success with your original procedure after rebooting the computer a couple of times. History now shows up to 7 days!! If I want to extend this further I assume I just change the values again to 10 days or whatever. Is there a limit on the length of history that can be retained?

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Glad you got sorted. I'm keeping this page bookmarked now just in case. My history was keeping three whole months which was more than I needed. It was when I tried to reduce it to a week the problem arose.

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My firefox is the 4.1, and I have also the same problem, my browser only keeps 1 day history, and all the above mentioned solutions are not applicable. I think its either using an other browser, or, learning about firefox or computer programming, but here is a thought!!!! why can't the clever people at Mozilla solve this problem?????? :(((((((((

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I agree with your last comment. You'd think when designing a new version the boffins would trawl the problems folks have had although I guess not many of us seem to have had this one considering how many users there must be. As a folk singer I go on the folkies Mudcat site which discusses more than folk. A recent thread showed most folks posting not liking FF4 so I've stayed with 3. If it were me I'd try downloading a complete new copy of the browser but that's a non-anorak approach!

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Hear! Hear! I agree totally. I can NEVER LOOK AT THE DAY BEFORE history!! I have tried all the usual tricks and tips and nothing works!! Why don't the Firefox people correct this problem?????