Sometimes you may come across a useful website, but you don’t bookmark it or note down the URL for accessing it later. A few days later, you may want to access the same website again.
To do so, you’ll have to open the browsing history utility of the browser to find the site’s address. If you use multiple browsers on your PC, this will take a lot of time. If you don’t want to waste your precious time, install and use the free Nirsoft BrowsingHistoryView tool.
BHV application comes packed in a zip file which can be downloaded from the official Nirsoft website. This tool is available for 64 bits and 32 bits OS powered Windows computers.
To get started with BHV, download the ZIP package and extract it. Now run the executable file. If you do so, BrowsingHistoryView will open its advanced options Window in which you’ll be asked to configure the below options:
Filter by date/time: This program can process the full browsing history database of the supported browsers. If you want to find or view the URLs that were accessed between two dates, BHV has fields to enter the from and to dates.
URL Filter: This option will force the program to find or neglect URLs containing a particular string pattern.
Browsers: Nirsoft’s HistoryView tool supports 9 of the most modern browsers i.e. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge, Canary, SeaMonkey, Apple Safari, Opera, and Yandex.
User Filter: If you’ve created multiple user accounts on your Windows computer, use this filter to view the browsing history of all the users, current user or from specific accounts/profiles.
Duplicates filter: This program can be configured to skip duplicate URLs by their last accessed time difference (in seconds).
Once you’ve set the above filters, click OK button. If you do so, the BrowsingHistoryView tool will update the table panel in its main window with the data it has found. BHV will display the below details of the URL:
- Address, title, visit time.
- Visit count; source, browser used to access the link.
- User and browser profile, URL length.
- Sometimes it has been typed.
BrowsingHistoryView’s status bar will display the complete URLs it has found and some items the user has selected. The user is allowed to save the chosen data in an HTML file. You can also paste the copied data in the Microsoft Excel sheet to save it as a CSV document or XLS file.
BrowsingHistoryView software from Nirsoft has an option to change the default time format (to GMT). It allows you to save all the selected items in a UTF-8, ANSI or Unicode format encoded text file. There’s a find function which highlights the URLs that contain the string you enter as a search condition.
Conclusion: BrowsingHistoryView is a powerful tool find the websites you visit the most or export the full browser history to a file before deleting it. The program doesn’t come with any special requirements. Because of its lightweight processes, you can run BrowsingHistoryView on Windows XP and its successors i.e. Win 10, Vista, 8 and 8.1.