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How can I "unvisit" a specific link in Chrome?

I don't want to clear the entire browser history; I just want to undo the "visited" status on links, i.e. make the :visited style (the thing that makes visited links purple) not show for that URL.

I've found ways to "unvisit" all links, but I only want to do this for specific links, and the ways that I have found all require clearing browser data. (in fact, the only way I have found so far is to just clear all browsing history.)

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I want to remove the purple "visited" status.

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Open the history by pressing Ctrl + H, search for the URL that you want to remove, click on the time that is displayed left of it and then click Remove selected items.

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Ah, thanks! Can I do this without going to the history, though? Perhaps a userscript? (+1, and I will accept this in 5 minutes once I can) –  Doorknob Aug 21 '13 at 15:49
Apparently you can (I haven't tried it, though): developer.chrome.com/extensions/history.html –  n.st Aug 21 '13 at 15:50
Great, I will look into that. Thanks for the help! –  Doorknob Aug 21 '13 at 15:51
The OSX hotkey is command+y. command+h will hide the application –  DigitalDesignDj Oct 15 '14 at 22:40
Here's another tip - since Chrome history doesn't hold too many entries you may not find that link in there if you visited that page long time ago, yet it still will show up as "visited" in your browser, simply go back to that page, click that link AGAIN!!, this way it will now be in your Chrome's recent history - now you can delete it and it will now remove the "visited" purple status from that link ;) –  techexpert Nov 11 '14 at 15:45

If your goal is just to see the links in an unvisited state, you can:

  • Press F12 to open Chrome Developer Tools.
  • Click on the magnifying glass on the upper left and select the visited link.
  • Unclick the CSS rule in the Style section
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