Clear your Internet Browser Cache

Clear your Internet Browser Cache

Clear your Internet Browser Cache

Microsoft refers to the cache as “Temporary Internet Files.” It is a folder containing copies of Web pages you’ve recently visited. When you open a new Web page, it is sent to the cache on your hard disk, so that the next time you visit the page, if it has not changed, the contents are retrieved from your hard disk rather than the Internet. The purpose of the cache is to speed up your access to Internet content.

All those files stored in your cache take up space, so from time to time, you may want to or need to clear out the files stored in your cache to free up some space on your computer or to improve the performance of some software. This is called "clearing the cache." Each browser provides its own steps for clearing the cache, as follows.

Windows 10 Edge Brower

  1. Click the 3 dots on the upper right hand side
  2. Select settings
  3. Click on “Privacy, search, and services.
  4. Under “Clear browsing data” section, click Choose what to clear
  5. In the check boxes, select at least
    • Cookies and other site data
    • Cached images and files
    • Autofill form data (includes forms and cards)
  6. Click the Clear now button.

Internet Explorer 11

  1. Open Internet Explorer 11.
  2. On the very right-hand side of the browser, click on the gear icon, also called the Tools icon, followed by Safety, and finally Delete browsing history...
  3. Note: If you have the Menu bar enabled, you can instead click Tools and then Delete browsing history....
  4. In the Delete Browsing History window that appears, uncheck all options except the one labeled Temporary Internet files and website files.
  5. Click the Delete button.
  6. The Delete Browsing History window will disappear and you may notice your mouse icon go busy for a few moments.
  7. As soon as your cursor returns to normal, or you notice the "fished deleting" message at the bottom of the screen, consider your temporary Internet files deleted.

Internet Explorer 8

  1. Click the Tools menu, then click Delete Browsing History... Or you can press Ctrl+Shift+Delete to open the Delete Browsing History window.
  2. Select Temporary Internet Files.
  3. Click the Delete button on the bottom of the screen.
  4. Click OK twice to return to your browser session.

Internet Explorer 7

  1. Click the Tools menu, then click Internet Options.
  2. The Internet Options box should open to the General tab.
  3. On the General tab, in the Browsing history section, click the Delete... button. This will bring up the Delete Browsing History box.
  4. Select the "Delete files" button to delete Temporary Internet Files.
  5. After you select box(es), click the Delete button; it will prompt you to confirm you would like to delete the files. Select Yes.
  6. Confirm Internet Explorer Cache Delete.
  7. Click Yes, and then click Close and OK again.

Internet Explorer 6

  1. On the Internet Explorer Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  2. The Internet Options box should open to the General tab.
  3. On the General tab, in the Temporary Internet Files section, click the Delete Files button. This will delete all the files that are currently stored in your cache.
  4. Click OK, and then click OK again.

Google Chrome

  1. Click the 3 dots icon on the upper right hand side and choose Settings.
  2. Select the "Privacy and security” on the left menu.
  3. Click on "Clear browsing data" and choose “Advanced” tab.
  4. Make sure choose at least
    • Cookies and other site data
    • Cached images and files
    • Autofill form data
  5. Click the "Clear data" button.

FireFox

  1. Click the hamburger menu (3 lines icon) on the top right corner of the browser window.
  2. Choose “Options
  3. Choose Privacy and Security on left menu.
  4. Click “Clear Data” button under Cookies and Site Data section.
  5. Make sure “Cookies and site data” and “Cached Web Content” are checked.
  6. Click Clear button.
  7. When prompted, click "Clear Now".

Opera

  1. Choose Settings on left menu bar.
  2. Expand “Advanced” menu.
  3. Click on “Privacy & security”
  4. Click on “Clear browsing data”
  5. Make sure choose at least the followings.
    • Cookies and other site data
    • Cached images and files
    • Autofill form data
  6. Click “Clear data

Safari

  1. In the Safari app on Mac, click on the Safari drop-down menu and select Preferences.
  2. Click the Advanced tab. Select the Show Develop menu in menu bar checkbox and close the Preferences window.
  3. Select the Develop drop-down menu. Click Empty Cache.
  4. You may want to also clear your browser history. Select the History drop-down, then Clear History.