How To Clear Your Web Browser Cache

What is a web browser cache?
Your web browser cache is a database of files used to store downloaded files on your computer.  When you return to a website, your browser can use the files stored in your cache such as images, HTML, text content, and Javascript to make the site load faster.

Why should I clear it?
When you clear your cache, it prevents you from using old information, and can help applications run better in your browser, particularly when a system or web site is being updated.

How do I clear it?
You can clear cached data in most modern browsers by holding down Control + Shift + Delete and selecting the appropriate checkboxes.  See the attached document for how to clear your cache in the most popular browsers or follow the instructions below:

Google Chrome

  1. Press Control + Shift + Delete
  2. Under the Advanced tab select: Browsing history, Download history, Cookies and other site data, and Cached images and files
  3. Press the Clear data button

Apple Safari

  1. Select Safari -> Preferences
  2. Click the Privacy tab and select Manage Website Data
  3. Select Remove All

Microsoft Edge

  1. Press Control + Shift + Delete
  2. On the Time range dropdown, select All Time
  3. Select Browsing history, Download history, Cookies and other site data, and Cached images and files
  4. Press the Clear now button

Firefox

  1. Press Control + Shift + Delete
  2. On the Time range to clear dropdown, select All Time
  3. Select Browsing & download history, Cookies, Active Logins, Cache, Form & search history
  4. Press the OK button
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Article ID: 11171
Created
Wed 11/16/22 3:39 PM
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Wed 9/20/23 3:02 PM