How to Clear Your Web Browser's Cache

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As you surf the web, your web browser stores -- or caches -- a lot of the content you, right on your computer. Browsers cache content (like images and code) so that your overall browsing experience is faster. But sometimes, browsers cache too much, or too aggressively, and websites start acting wonky. Whatever your browser, we'll show you how to clear your cache step by step... which will fix a lot of web annoyances you may encounter!

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Mouse
  • If you're using Internet Explorer 7:

    • Go the Tools menu
    • Choose "Internet Options"
    • Click the General tab
    • Under "Browsing History," click the "Delete" button.

    A new window will appear.

    • Under "Temporary Internet Files," click "Delete Files."
  • If you're using Internet Explorer 6:

    • Go the Tools menu
    • Choose "Internet Options"
    • Click the General tab
    • Under "Temporary Internet Files," click "Delete Files."
  • If you're using Firefox 1.5 or newer:

    • Go to the Tools menu
    • Choose "Clear Private Data"
    • Ensure that "Cache" is checked. You may uncheck anything else.
    • Click "Clear Private Data Now."
  • If you're using Firefox 1.0:

    • Go to the Tools menu
    • Choose "Options"
    • Click the "Privacy" button
    • Click the "Cache" tab
    • Press "Clear Cache Now"
  • If you're using any version of Safari:

    • Go to the Safari menu
    • Choose "Empty Cache."
    • In the dialog box that appears, choose "Empty."
  • If you're using Opera:

    • Go to the "Tools" menu
    • Choose "Clear Private Data."
    • Click "Details"
    • Uncheck anything you'd like, except for "Cache."
    • Press "Delete."
  • If you're using Google Chrome:

    • Click the "wrench" icon on the upper right (for "Tools").
    • Choose "Clear browsing data..."
    • Ensure that "Empty the cache" is checked. (Anything else may be unchecked.)
    • Choose "Everything" from the "Clear data from this period" dropdown.
    • Press "Clear Browsing Data."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't see your browser listed here, look for similar options ("Tools"; "Clear private data"; "Privacy"; "Cache"; etc.)
  • It can take a few minutes for your browser to clear its cache if you haven't done so in a while. Go make a cup of coffee.
  • Some browsers do better if you restart them after clearing your cache. Close all open windows, ensure that you've selected "Quit" if needed, and then reopen the browser.

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