why does my browsing history remember some sites and not others?

In the window that shows the URL of the site I'm visiting, there is a drop down (arrow) box of my recent browsing history. Some sites are remembered and others are not. I'm currently using IE and sometimes use Firefox.
What determines which ones are?
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nickg5Asked:
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BardobraveCommented:
If you browse through private options of any browser the pages you visit don't get recorded in the navigation bar nor in your browsing history.
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nickg5Author Commented:
If you browse through private options of any browser

.......the above must be random for me as to whether I'm doing it or not, because I do not know how to do that and never heard the phrase "private options of a browser."
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BardobraveCommented:
Private navigation in Firefox it's enabled through Ctrl+Shift+P, or through Tools menu. I think it's available from 3.5, in IE I'm not sure of how it's enabled, but I think it comes in IE8.

Make some test with that, I think it's the only way to avoid urls to storing into history (without directly erasing them)
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nickg5Author Commented:
here is one example.
www.usps.com is not remembered in the browsing history.
IE 7.0
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nickg5Author Commented:
On my IE7.0
I looked around in "tools" and saw nothing labelled "private navigation". Anyone know where the setting is, if it is a setting that keeps some sites from being remembered by the "browsing history"?
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DanRollinsCommented:
In IE8 it's called "InPrivate Browsing" --
See http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/features/safer.aspx
But it is also possible (or at least it used to be possible) that a site can go to a page without adding to your history list.  It's a JavaScript onclick handler.  Lots of sites use AJAX and other "stay-here-I'll-just-replace-the-page-content" type handling these days.
I can't say for certain exactly which of those things (or some other thing) is responsible for what you are seeing.  If you provide an example sequence, I'll try to reproduce it.
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David S.Commented:
"InPrivate Browsing" is a feature that was new to IE8 (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/features/safer.aspx).  I strongly recommend that you upgrade.

As to why only some addresses show up in the suggestions drop-down of the address bar, I don't know either. If you really want to know every page you visited recently open the history window/sidebar. In IE7 you can get to it by clicking on the star button on the left side of the toolbar and then clicking History.
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nickg5Author Commented:
adding points....

an example is www.usps.com
it does not remember that one.
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jcimarronCommented:
nickg5--The dropdown list from the address bar remembers only URL's that have been TYPED into the address bar.  This is not the same as your History list.  You can see the Typed URL list in the Registry.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs]

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DanRollinsCommented:
Good one jcimarron!  He's asking about the address bar, auto-completion, and the combo box.  We thought he was talking about the actual browser history.  
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Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
I have the same on my Mac in FF3.6
Twitter is SIMPLY NOT REMEMBERED and I have to type it in each time
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DanRollinsCommented:
I tried typing in the USPS one and IE8 definitely remembered it (that is, it appears in the drop-down list now).
But it is interesting that both "problem URLs" are near the end of the alphabet.  Maybe there is a limit to how many items the browser will remember there.
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nickg5Author Commented:
I'll have to check the version of IE I have on my XP computer.
I know the address bar drop dropdown remembers www.usps.com

The pc I'm on now has Vista and IE 7.0 and won't remember that site.
The list does have a maximum (maybe adjustable thru some setting) and as new sites are visited, the ones that make the list, will push older ones down the list. If there are alot of new URL's visited, the ones used rarely, but still an occassional favorite, could drop off the bottom, and not be there next time you look.

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nickg5Author Commented:
DanRollins corrected the private vs. inprivate.
my question was not clear but jiimarron hit the nail on the head.
I evenly divided the most points but the system chose the top on as accepted.

I think I have IE 8.0 on my XP machine than remembers www.usps.com

So 'clearing' history, clears just the asdress box drop down list, or the "entire" browsing history? (When I'm headed out of the country or some long term travel where, there is a chance i do not come back, I like to clear my history since my computer is private. If clearing the history, which is what I do, clears the entire history, then I'm clearing what I was hoping before a trip.

I use intrade.com and sportsbook.com to wager on presidential elections, and other exotics. I can't hide my favorites list, so that list would tell more about my visited sites than history, so if I don't come back from some trip, well, the new owner of the computers will just have to see what they see.
I've got relatives who thought my wager on the last presidential election through intrade was soooo terrible......but they buy lottery scratch tickets like they are free.
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jcimarronCommented:
nickg5--Yes, there is a limit to the number of Typed URL's.  This reference says 25
http://www.wbaudisch.de/DeletingHistory/documents/6157A85A9AD7F170BFC6E910E0DC0BCAF3DE96BF.html
And you clear the list by clearing the item(s) from the Registry.
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DanRollinsCommented:
Not well known:
You can remove any item from the dropdown list by deleting it.   Use the arrows to select (highlight) it from the list, then click the Delete key on the keyboard (or in IE8, click the red X at the right-edge of the item in the dropdown list)
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David S.Commented:
If you really want to clear your history, then you would probably want to clear cookies and Flash cookies (http://www.google.com/search?q=flash+cookie+lso+cleaner), also called "LSOs", too.
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