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How can I clear history "vlinks" when Firefox exits?

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None of the options in "clearing history" reset 'visited' links to 'not visited'. Therefore, even days later, any links I've visited are still marked as 'visited'.

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You could set layout.css.visited_links_enabled to false in about:config. I don't know if that's the cleanest option though. Also, visited links would never turn purple, not even during the current browser session.

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Hello Dick,

Would you please make sure that you're not in permanent Private Browsing mode :

3-bar menu (or "Tools") => Options => Privacy & Security => under "History":

Firefox will : choose "Use custom settings for history"

Uncheck  : "Always use private browsing mode"

'Hope that does the trick !

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Note that you use a pre Quantum Firefox 56 version. Any specific reason why you do not use the current Firefox release (74) ?

Can you clear history in Firefox during the session ?


If you use Sync then best is to disconnect Sync temporarily during troubleshooting.

You can check for problems with the places.sqlite and favicons.sqlite files in the Firefox profile folder.

  • use "Verify Integrity" button on the "Help -> Troubleshooting Information" (about:support) page

If errors are reported with "Verify Integrity", close and restart Firefox and retry.

If "Verify Integrity" cannot repair places.sqlite, rename/remove all places.sqlite and favicons.sqlite files in the Firefox profile folder. Firefox will rebuild places.sqlite and restore the bookmarks from a recent JSON backup in the bookmarkbackups folder.

  • keep a backup copy of places.sqlite in case a new places.sqlite database has to be created

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You can use the button on the "Help -> Troubleshooting Information" (about:support) page to go to the current Firefox profile folder or use the about:profiles page.

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Unlambder said

You could set layout.css.visited_links_enabled to false in about:config. I don't know if that's the cleanest option though. Also, visited links would never turn purple, not even during the current browser session.

My pages specifically set 'link=blue vlink=purple'

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McCoy said

Hello Dick, Would you please make sure that you're not in permanent Private Browsing mode : 3-bar menu (or "Tools") => Options => Privacy & Security => under "History": Firefox will : choose "Use custom settings for history" Uncheck  : "Always use private browsing mode" 'Hope that does the trick !

I'm using 56.0.2, which doesn't have these options. Currection: I have the options set the way you suggest:

Firefox will : choose "Use custom settings for history" Uncheck  : "Always use private browsing mode"

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DICKGUERTIN said

I'm using 56.0.2, which doesn't have these options.

I should have paid better attention - didn't notice that you're on Mac, so "Options" should be "Preferences" .....

My apologies.

But that option should definately be there !

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DICKGUERTIN said cor-el said

Note that you use a pre Quantum Firefox 56 version. Any specific reason why you do not use the current Firefox release (74) ? Can you clear history in Firefox during the session ?

If you use Sync then best is to disconnect Sync temporarily during troubleshooting.

You can check for problems with the places.sqlite and favicons.sqlite files in the Firefox profile folder.

  • use "Verify Integrity" button on the "Help -> Troubleshooting Information" (about:support) page

If errors are reported with "Verify Integrity", close and restart Firefox and retry.

If "Verify Integrity" cannot repair places.sqlite, rename/remove all places.sqlite and favicons.sqlite files in the Firefox profile folder. Firefox will rebuild places.sqlite and restore the bookmarks from a recent JSON backup in the bookmarkbackups folder.

  • keep a backup copy of places.sqlite in case a new places.sqlite database has to be created

See also:

You can use the button on the "Help -> Troubleshooting Information" (about:support) page to go to the current Firefox profile folder or use the about:profiles page.

cor-el, I've found that 'Newer Isn't Always Better', so I stuck with 56.0.2 because 'It worked for me'. Today I discovered that if I choose 'Everything' from the History menu, vlinks get reset. BUT,I literally loose just about everything. I wish there was an option to clear-the-history for links/vlinks. DickGuertin

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Clearing the "Browsing & Download history" via "Clear history when Firefox closes" should be sufficient.

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You should still find "Always use Private Browsing mode" via "Options/Preferences -> Privacy".

To see all History and Cookie settings, choose:

  • Preferences -> Privacy
    Firefox will: "Use custom settings for history"

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McCoy said

I should have paid better attention - didn't notice that you're on Mac, so "Options" should be "Preferences" .....

My apologies.

But that option should definately be there !

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To all who have responded, I've found that Safari has the capability to 'Clear History' which includes vlinks. That's what I'm after on Firefox.

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I ran into this problem immediately after installing a new Linux OS. Turned out (after several frustratingly ineffective attempts) to be a simple fix in my case. On clicking the History > Clear recent history (Ctrl+Shift+Del) links, I finally noticed that the default setting for "Time range to clear" (at the top of the pop-up pane) was defaulting to "Last hour." When I set it to "Everything" and hit the "OK" button--whaddya know--everything in my history was cleared.

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You can alternatively use "Forget About This Site" to clear history for specific websites, but this includes more than visit history. As long as there is a visit count greater than zero (i.e. history is present for this link), you will see a visit CSS style applied.

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