Clearing *only* history in Safari 8?

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  1. Loa macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    #1
    Hello,

    Question is simple: is there a way (config, extension, etc...) to make it so that clear history only clears history and nothing else?

    Thanks
     
  2. dZp macrumors 6502a

    dZp

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    No config or extension that I'm aware of, but...
    Deleting ~/Library/Safari/History.db does the trick.
     
  3. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    What else will Clear History do besides clear your history?
     
  4. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    When you click Clear History in the History menu, you get:
    "Clearing History will remove related cookies and other website data."
    You have to decide if that is enough, or if Clearing History also means that you want to remove your history trail in Safari.

    I am curious about why "... remove related cookies and other website date." might remove too much?
     
  5. CoastalOR, Sep 3, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2015

    CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    What is the "nothing else" that you don't want cleared using "clear history"?
     
  6. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    History and website data are two different things. If privacy is very important, you may indeed need to clear both. But for everyday usage, just clearing history is usually enough. The problem with clearing website data is that you have to relog into every website, every time (i.e. the "remain logged in" options are reset) after a clear.

    In the past, we could clear both independently, but now the quick way clears both. I can always open the history pane and manually select them all and erase them. But it's a bother compared to what it used to be.

    I wonder if there's a plist we could change to revert to the previous behaviour? I'll try and take a look.

    Loa
     
  7. briandesmond macrumors newbie

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    It's pretty easy to do what you want: Menubar > History > Show History, then press Command+A, then press Delete.
     
  8. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    Guess I'll have to revert to that. I've just upgraded to Yosemite and iOS8. Lots of relearning to do, and I keep finding a lot of small (and sometimes big) things that are more complicated.

    Anyway. Thanks for the tip.
     

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