How to Refresh the Cache on IE

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Temporary Internet files, also known as cache, hold historical data on pages you have viewed on the Internet. This includes information on videos, games and sounds which you have looked at or downloaded. Storing cache can speed up loading times for websites you use regularly as your computer already holds information on them. However, it is recommended that you refresh your cache regularly since the data stored on your Web browsing history can become out of date and old versions of websites will appear. Cache also takes up memory on your computer's hard drive. Cache files exist on all Web browser applications, including Internet Explorer (IE). There are many versions of Internet Explorer, with Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 being the most current versions as of May 2011.

Refresh Cache on Internet Explorer 8

  • Click on "Tools" in the toolbar at the top of the window. A new drop down menu will now appear.

  • Click on "Delete browsing history" in the drop down menu. A new window will now appear listing various browsing options.

  • Select "Temporary Internet Files" from the list of browsing options. Ensure that all other options have been deselected.

  • Click on "Delete" at the bottom of the window to refresh your cache.

Refresh Cache on Internet Explorer 9

  • Click on "Tools" in the toolbar at the top of the window. A new drop down menu will now appear.

  • Click on "Safety" in the drop down menu. Another new drop down menu will now appear.

  • Click on "Delete browsing history" in the drop down menu. A new window will now appear listing various browsing options.

  • Select "Temporary Internet Files" from the list of browsing options. Ensure that all other options have been deselected.

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