Ever had the situation where you need to go back to a web page you visited but can’t recall the URL or site? This happened to me this week. I knew the site name, but not the specific page. My attempts to find it using the site’s search didn’t work well. I couldn’t recall the right words and got too many results. And then I remembered I could find the page using my browser history.
Most web browsers have some sort of history feature. The main question is whether you clear out your browser history. Some people manually clear these entries and some do so when they close the browser. The point is the tip below won’t work if you’ve cleared your history.
In this example, I’ll be using Google Chrome to demonstrate this feature, but the procedure is similar with other browsers.
- Click the Customize and Control Google Chrome button in the top right corner.
- From the drop down menu, select History and recent tabs. A side panel will pop out with a History option. Alternatively you can use the shortcut keys Ctrl+H.
- In the search box to the top right, enter in your terms. In my case, I was looking for pages mentioning the domain so I typed the first part of the domain.
You may be staring at a long list of entries so you’ll want filter the entries.
You should get a much smaller list that contains just your terms. You might note that the search will also pull up matching email items if you read them in your browser.
Once I got this list, it was easy for me to find the page. I simply clicked the entry and was taken to my desired page.
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