The option to clear the cache in Google Chrome is in the Privacy section of the Advanced Settings menu of the browser’s Settings page. Instead of navigating through the Settings menu to clear the cache, you can use a Windows keyboard shortcut to automatically open the Clear Browsing Data box -- which has the option to delete the cache. Regularly clearing the cache not only reduces the amount of data on your hard drive, but it also helps to protect your privacy because cached data can reveal the websites that you visit.
Click on an empty area of any Chrome browser window, then press the "Ctrl-Shift-Del" keys simultaneously to open the Clear Browsing Data box.
Click the "Obliterate the Following Items From" drop-down box, then select the appropriate option. For example, select "The Past Week" to clear the cache from the previous seven days.
Select the check box next to "Empty the Cache."
Click the "Clear Browsing Data" button to clear the cache.
Tips & Warnings
- The time it takes to clear the cache depends on how much data the browser has to delete.
- The Clear Browsing Data box has options to clear other browsing data -- such as cookies and passwords.
- Use Chrome's Incognito mode to prevent the browser from saving your browsing data. Click the "Customize and Control Google Chrome" button and choose "New Incognito Window."
- Information in this article applies to Google Chrome for Windows version 29. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly with other versions of the browser.
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