Adobe Flash Player is used to play multimedia content, such as videos and games, on certain websites. To conserve bandwidth and allow for faster streaming, the player caches some of the files to your computer to prevent them from being downloaded again in the future. If you prefer to remove the cached files created by Flash, you can do so from the Windows 8.1 Control Panel. Periodically deleting the Flash Player cache can free up space on your system.
Close any browsers that you have open, as Flash Player cache files that are in use by the browser won't be deleted.
Type "Control Panel" (without the quotation marks) from the Windows 8.1 Start screen and press "Enter" to open the Control Panel window from where you can make changes to Windows settings.
Select "System and Security" and then select "Flash Player" to access the Flash Player settings. Alternatively, select "Flash Player" if the Control Panel view is set to large or small icons instead of the default categories.
Select the "Storage" tab and then select "Delete All" to access the Flash Player local storage settings.
Ensure that the check box next to "Delete All Site Data and Settings" is ticked and then select "Delete Data" to remove all of the Flash Player cache files on your computer. Alternatively, select "Local Storage Settings by Site" from the Storage tag and use the "Remove" button to delete cache files for individual websites.
Tips & Warnings
- Information in this article applies to Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Adobe Flash Player 126.96.36.199. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
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