Like other browsers, Google Chrome also keeps track of all downloads in the download list. You can access this download list by pressing the CTRL+J keys. It also displays the recently downloaded files at the bottom of the browser window if you didn’t close it after downloading the file. If you do not clear the download history, any person can access it to see what files have been downloaded. There might several reasons why you don’t want to keep a download history on your browser. If you don’t want to do it manually, again and again, you can set it to automatically clear the download history.
The feature to clear download history automatically is not available in Chrome, but you can add this feature by installing the “Always Clear Downloads 2” extension in Chrome.
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“Always Clear Downloads 2” extension automatically clears the download history every 5 seconds. Install the extension in Google Chrome and it will add a drop-like icon in the browser’s Omni bar. You can click this icon to manually clear the download history. But clicking on this icon doesn’t make sense because it will automatically clear the download history every 5 seconds.
Downloaded files will never be affected. It only clears the download history. In-progress downloads will be there and it will not affect those.
The extension also makes it clear that it doesn’t collect user data. So, it is safe to download and use.
If you want to automatically clean your download history, you can use this browser extension. If you use download history to locate downloaded files in your system, this extension is not for you. But I personally want to keep my browsers’ download list clear and daily clear it manually. This extension has made it really easy. Now I don’t care about download history as I know that I have something for doing it automatically.
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