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How to Clear Your Cache

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While browsing the web, your computer will automatically save data to a place on your computer called the cache. The cache is a memory area where frequently accessed data can be stored for quick retrieval of that information. Our computers use the cache so we do not have to wait for the information to load every time you access a page; however, it might not always work properly so you'll need to clear it once in a while.


Clearing your cache can significantly improve the performance of your browser and should be done periodically. The following procedures provide steps to clear the cache memory for a variety of browsers:



Internet Explorer for windows

  • From the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
  • Choose the General tab.
  • Under Browsing history, click Delete.
  • Next to "Temporary Internet Files", click Delete files.
  • Click Close, and then click OK to exit.


Chrome for Windows

  • In the address bar (where you enter a website), enter : chrome://settings/advanced .
  • Click on the button that says "Clear browsing data..."
  • Make sure "Empty the cache" is checked.
  • Then click the button in the pop-up window that says "Clear browsing data"
  • This may take a minute or so for Chrome to clear the cache.


Firefox for Windows

  • From the Tools menu, select Clear Private Data, and then choose Cache.


Opera for Windows

  • Select Tools -> Preferences.
  • Open the Advanced sub-categories and select "History".
  • Select "Empty now" next to "Disk Cache" and "Memory Cache".
  • Click OK.


Netscape for Windows

  • From the Tools menu, select Options.
  • Click Privacy.
  • Next to "Cache", click the Clear button.
  • If you'd like to set the size of the cache and set the browser to clear the cache when you close it, click the + (plus sign) next to "Cache" and change the settings as needed.
  • Click OK.


Safari for Mac

  • From the Safari menu, select Empty Cache.
  • When prompted, click Empty to confirm that you want to empty the cache.


Firefox for Windows

  • From the Tools menu, select Clear Private Data, and then choose Cache.


Netscape for Mac OS and Mac OS X

  • In Mac OS X, from the Netscape or Mozilla menu, select Preferences... . In Mac OS 9.x or earlier, from the Edit menu, select Preferences.
  • In the left panel of the Preferences dialog box, click the arrow to the left of Advanced. Click Cache.
  • Either click the Clear Cache button, or click both the Clear Memory Cache and Clear Disk Cache buttons.
  • In the Preferences dialog box, click OK.


Opera for Mac

  • Go to the Opera menu and select Preferences.
  • Click the Advanced tab.
  • Click the History.
  • Next to Disk Cache, click the empty now button.
  • If you would like to disable caching totally, change the disk cache pull down to off.


Not every browser was mentioned in this FAQ since you can easily find out how to clear cache from any browser by looking at the instructions for other browsers.


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