IE10's Delete Browsing History data components should now be displayed, each accompanied by a check box. When checked, that particular item will be removed from your hard drive whenever you initiate the deletion process. The first four options, highlighted in the example above, are as follows.
- Preserve Favorites website data: Selected by default, this option instructs IE10 to preserve stored data (cache and cookies) from your Favorites even when you choose to clear those particular data components from your hard drive for all other websites.
- Temporary Internet files and website files: Selected by default, this option instructs IE10 to remove images, multimedia files, and even full copies of Web pages that have been stored in an effort to reduce page load times on subsequent visits. These files, as a whole, are also known as your browser's cache.
- Cookies and website data: When you visit many websites, a text file is placed on your hard drive that is used by the site in question to store user-specific settings and information. This text file, or cookie, is then utilized by the respective site each time you return in order to provide a customized experience or to retrieve data such as your login credentials or session data. Selected by default, this option instructs IE10 to remove all of these files from your hard drive.
- History: IE10 maintains a list of addresses, or URLs, of all websites that you have visited. Selected by default, this option instructs IE10 to completely delete this record from your PC.
Please note that you can utilize the following keyboard shortcut to reach this screen, in lieu of following steps 2 and 3 of this tutorial: CTRL + SHIFT + DEL