Every time you open a webpage, the web browser you use stores small files in your computer’s hard disk. While these files are temporary and small, they may use a few gigabytes worth of storage space over time.
Caches actually makes browsing a little faster since the browser doesn’t need to download data it has already downloaded when you first visit a page. But when they become corrupt, they may also cause some inconvenience like you may not view the updated version of the page or some page elements may not load properly.
It is wise to delete the caches from time to time and that’s the very purpose of this post. I will show you how to clear caches of the web browsers you use in your computer.
How to clear browsing cache of Google Chrome
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click on the Settings icon (three dots) located in the top-right corner of the screen to display the drop-down menu.
- Find and hover over More tools option to display another set of options.
- Choose or click Clear browsing data… option. This will open a new window that will allow you to choose which data to clear.
- Click the small arrow beside Time range and then choose All time to delete all caches that have been downloaded since you started using Chrome. You may also choose which data to delete by checking the boxes beside every option. If you just want to delete the caches, then uncheck everything except “Cached images and files.”
- Once you finish choosing the time range and the kind of data you want deleted, click CLEAR DATA button.
How to clear browsing cache of Firefox
- Launch Firefox browser.
- Click the Settings icon (three lines) located in the upper-right corner of the screen. Doing so will display a drop-down menu with options you can choose from.
- Click Library.
- Now, click History which is located near the top of the Library menu.
- Click Clear Recent History… which will open a window that contains your Firefox history and other items.
- Click on Time range to clear then choose Everything in the drop-down menu. That is if you want to delete the caches and/or data the browser accumulated since the first time you used it.
- On the lower-left side of the window, click Details drop-down menu to show things you can choose to delete.
- If you only want to delete the caches, then uncheck everything except for Cache.
- You may now click on Clear Now button to delete data you chose.
How to clear browsing cache of Internet Explorer
- Open the Internet Explorer.
- Click the gear icon (Settings) located in the upper-right corner of the window to display options you can choose from.
- Choose and click Internet options.
- On the right under the Browsing history section, click Delete. If you don’t see this option, first click the General tab at the top of the Internet Options window.
- Should you want to delete the caches only, make sure the options Temporary Internet files and website files and Cookies and website data have their respective checkboxes checked. Or check any of the boxes of data you want deleted.
- Once everything is set and ready, hit the Delete button.
- To conclude, hit Apply to save the changes you made and then hit OK to close the Internet Options window.
How to clear browsing cache of Safari
- Launch Safari.
- Click Safari or the item in the top-left corner of the screen to display a drop-down menu.
- Open the Preferences window by clicking Preferences…
- Now click on Advanced tab to display things you can change.
- Check the box beside Show Develop menu in menu bar option and then close the Preferences window.
- At the top of the screen, click Develop.
- Find and click Empty Caches and when prompted to confirm your action, click Empty Caches or OK.
How to clear browsing cache of Microsoft Edge
- Open Microsoft Edge.
- Click the Settings icon (three dots) in the top-right corner of the screen.
- Once a menu pops up, click Settings.
- Find Clear browsing data section and click Choose what to clear.
- Check the box beside Cached data and files. If it’s already check then don’t click on the box.
- Now, click on Clear to delete the caches.
After clearing the caches, you may notice that it takes a little time for the browser to fully load a webpage because it creates new caches but it actually depends on how fast your computer is as well as your internet connection. Most of the time, you won’t notice the difference at all.
I hope that this simple tutorial can help you one way or another. If you have other concerns you want to share with us, feel free to contact us or leave a comment below.
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