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Browser Cache Clear Instructions

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Introduction - Clearing Your Browser Cache

Each time you access a file through your web browser, the browser caches (i.e., stores) it. By doing this, the browser doesn't have to newly retrieve files (including any images) from the remote web site each time you click Back or Forward. You should periodically clear the cache to allow your browser to function more efficiently. This document illustrates how to clear your cache from various internet browsers.

A cookie is a file created by a web browser, at the request of a web site, that is then stored on a computer. These files typically store user-specific information such as selections in a form, shopping cart contents, or authentication data. Browsers will normally clear cookies that reach a certain age, but clearing them manually may solve problems with web sites or your browser.

A browser's history is a log of sites that you visit. When you press a browser's Back button, you are moving back one entry in the history log. Browsers will normally clear the history at regular intervals, but you may want to clear it manually for privacy.

 

Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 9 & 10

Step 1: Click the gear icon at the top right to open the Settings menu. Then, select Safety and Delete Browsing History.

Step2: Select Temporary Internet Files. Uncheck all of the other boxes, especially Preserve Favorites website data. This option makes the window also delete objects from websites in your Favorites folder, which is necessary to completely clear your cache.

Step 3: Click the Delete button near the bottom of the window.

 

Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 8

Step 1: Open your browser and click the Tools menu. Or, optionally you may simply press Ctrl+Shift+Delete to open the Delete Browsing History window (and skip step 2).

Step2: Click on Delete Browsing History...

Step 3: Select Temporary Internet Files. Click the Delete button near the bottom of the window to delete your temporary files (i.e. clear your cache).

Step 4: If you want the browser to automatically clear the cache whenever you close it, close the 'Delete Browsing History' window, select 'Internet Options' from the Tools menu, and check the 'Delete Browsing history on exit' checkbox.

Note: IE8 has a feature which retains some cookies even after you clear your cache if you do not UNCHECK the "Preserve Favorites Website Data." If you truly need to clear your cache, uncheck this.

 

Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 7

Step 1: Open your browser and click the Tools menu. Click the Delete Browsing History link at the top.

Step2: Under the Temporary Internet Files heading, click Delete files...

Step 3: Click Yes when you see the prompt asking if you are sure you want to delete all temporary files.

Step 4: Alternatively, clear your cache for just the current page you're visiting. Press and hold [Ctrl] on your keyboard, then Press [F5] or click on the Refresh button (square button on the toolbar with opposite-facing arrows).

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1: Open your browser -On a PC, click the "Firefox" menu in the top left corner. Next, select the right arrow next to "History ", and click "Clear Recent History". Or press Ctrl+Shift+Delete to open the recent history window. -On a Mac, from the Tools menu, select "Clear Recent History…" Alternately, you can press Shift-Command-Delete.

Step 2: Select Temporary Internet Files. Uncheck all of the other boxes, especially Preserve Favorites website data. This option makes the window also delete objects from websites in your Favorites folder, which is necessary to completely clear your cache.

 

Google Chrome 10+

Step 1: Open the settings on Chrome. Click the menu icon in the upper right corner of the browser to the right. Click settings on the bottom of the menu.

Step2: From settings, click Show advanced settings: located at the very bottom of the settings section.

Step 3: Scroll to the privacy section and click "Clear browsing data".

Step 4: Select "Empty the cache". Uncheck all other options to avoid deleting browser history, cookies and other things you may wish to retain. Change "Obliterate the following items from" to "the beginning of time". Press "Clear browsing data".

 

Google Chrome 1-9

Step 1: Open your browser, select the Tools menu (the wrench in the upper-right corner) and select Options ("Preferences" on Mac).

Step2: On the Under the Bonnet tab, click the Clear Browsing data... button.

Step 3: Select the Empty the cache check-box. You can also choose the period of time you wish to delete cached information using the Clear data from this period dropdown menu. Then press "Clear browsing data".

 

Apple Safari for Max OS X

Step 1: Open your browser, click the Safari menu and select Empty Cache… Click Empty.

 

Apple Safari for Microsoft Windows

Step 1: Open your browser, click the gear icon on the top right.

Step2: Select "Reset Safari..." Select "Remove all website data" at the very bottom of the prompt. Check or uncheck any other categories you want reset. Click Reset.