Microsoft's forthcoming Internet Explorer 7.0 browser will have a 'flush' feature that clears its history and all associated files stored after a website is accessed.

In IE 6.0, a user has to spend a lot of time trying to expunge the information stored after a website has been visited, wrote Uche Enuha, a program manager on the IE user experience team, on the company's browser blog last week.

The new 'delete browsing history' feature under the tools menu will be able to purge five major data categories, including temporary internet files, cookies, history, form data and passwords, Enuha wrote. A user will be able to delete all of those at once or individually.

The feature goes further than a novice user would probably know how to. For example, deleting files from the temporary internet files folder will also clean out attachments stored by the Outlook email program in that folder, Enuha wrote.

A beta version of IE 7.0 has been out for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and an enhanced beta version is available for the Beta 1.0 version of Windows Vista, according to Microsoft's website.