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I have a need to selectively REMOVE url history items from my AOL desktop software.  I dont want to delete the ENTIRE history, but only individual line items from the URL list.

Does anybody know how to do this?
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Question by:new435
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by:jcimarron
ID: 38760021
new435--See this reference
http://www.ehow.com/how_8476169_clean-accessing-aol-via-explorer.html

And there are three third party software titles claim to do this from this webpage
http://delete-search-history.lotsoft.org/
IEHistoryX 2.2.6.70
and the two versions of
Dutch Duck IE History Viewer 2011.2.2

I have not used any of these three, and would suggest you scan with antivirus and antimalware before installing.

There are several more such programs for Firefox.  What browser are you using?
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by:new435
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I dont think the first one works.....I cant find any "Tools" option in the AOL desktop software at all (9.7), even if I have a browser window open.....I dont even see these options in IE's settings.

Remember, I'm trying to remove INDIVIDUAL history items from the AOL desktop software, NOT history items from internet explorer, although I'm aware IE may be the "back end" when browsing the web using AOL's browser.

The other link you suggested has a number of programs, which I may have to try before I can determine thay they can do the job.

I'm tryng to avoid spending 2 hours installing, testing, and removing software until I find the right one.
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by:jcimarron
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new435--
".....I cant find any "Tools" option in the AOL desktop software "
That is the Tools button (the gear) at the top right of an Internet Explorer window.
If IE is not your browser, what is?

Each of the three programs I mentioned claim to be able to delete "selectively".  I assume that means individual items if desired.

Here is another program, which I can recommend,
http://www.acesoft.net/features.htm
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by:new435
ID: 38760559
The gear only brings up a pull-down menu that includes:

Print
File
Zoom
Safety
View Downloads
Manage Add-ons
F12 Developer tools
Go to Pinned Sites
Internet Options
About

I cant find anything about History, other than the option to clear the entire history in the "General" tab of Tools\internet options.

If I hit the -alt- key, I get the menu bar, which has a "Tools" option, but again, nothing like "Explorer Bars" is there, so I cant complete the stops.

Using IE 9
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by:jcimarron
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new435--Yes, you are right about the advice in
http://www.ehow.com/how_8476169_clean-accessing-aol-via-explorer.html 
I did not see Tools, either, but I thought it might be something AOL put in the Context Menu.

Now, I have perhaps the best suggestion since your browser is IE.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/iehv.html
It definitely is possible to delete individual URL's.  (File|Delete)  I just tried it.
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by:new435
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That last program removes the history but AOL must maintain it's own history, because websites I delete with that program still come up in AOL.
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by:jcimarron
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new435--
"because websites I delete with that program still come up in AOL. "
I do not understand that.  The programs suggested do not block URL's from being posted in History in the future.  They just allow you to deleted URL's in History from the past.
They also do not disable AutoComplete.

Please explain what you want.
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new435 earned 0 total points
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The aol history does not delete with that app. The history still shows in aol, even though it shows up as deleted in that app. We ended up adding all the sites that were supposed to be kept to aol favorites and erasing the rest.
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by:new435
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The suggested solutions from other members proved to be inconclusive when we tried tham, and instead we instituted a workaround.
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