How do I clear my Web browser cache?

The following tutorial will walk you through how to clear your browser cache. Often referred to as "cache", these are the Temporary Internet Files that your internet browser collects and keeps record of your internet browsing activity. Most often, these files are stored in your Temporary Internet Files folder. These files can make browsing the internet faster, in the sense that for web sites you have already visited, the cache files make pulling up these web pages and images faster as they are stored in your computer memory. Cache files can also, at times, be problematic, in the sense that if there is a change made to a web page you may not see it until you clear your browser cache. As well, over time the cache files take up space on your computer so clearing them out can help free up some space on your machine.

Internet Explorer 10 and 11

  1. Click on the Cog icon in the top right-hand corner of the IE window Menu Bar.
    Note: If you've disabled the Menu Bar you can get the same result by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Delete keys
  2. Select Safety > Delete browsing history...
  3. Uncheck all options except "Temporary Internet files and website files" and "Cookies and website data".
  4. Click the Delete button.
  5. Once finished Internet Explorer will display a confirmation dialog box at the bottom of the browser window.

Internet Explorer 8 and 9

  1. Go to Tools > Internet Options.
  2. On the General tab, click the Delete... button.
  3. Review the list of history options that will be deleted, and uncheck any options needed.
  4. Click the Delete button.
  5. When finished running, click the OK button.

Firefox

  1. Click the menu button and choose Options.
  2. Select the Advanced panel.
  3. Click on the Network tab.
  4. In the Cached Web Content section, click Clear Now.
  5. Click OK to close the Options window.

Chrome

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select More tools.
  3. Select Clear browsing data.
  4. In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the types of information that you want to remove.
  5. Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Select beginning of time to delete everything.
  6. Click Clear browsing data.

Safari 8+

  1. Go to Safari > Preferences.
  2. Click the Privacy tab, and then click the button Remove All Website Data...
  3. Click Remove Now in the pop up window that appears.

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