03/14/2013

How to Clear the Web Browser Cache

Sometimes your browser is just not behaving as it should. Images are not loaded, certain parts of a web application is not properly functioning even if you logout and log back in. The problem could be your "browser cache", a part of memory of your web browser that stores commonly used pieces of code and content like images and video.

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Here are several step by steps for various browser to clear your browser cache. You won't lose any stored information (like bookmarks) if you follow these steps:

 

Chrome:
- Go to chrome://chrome/settings/clearBrowserData in the address bar
- Check “Empty the Cache”
- Choose “From the Beginning of time”
- Click “Clear Browsing Data”

IE:
- Click the “Tools” menu bar.
- Choose “Internet Options”
- On the “General” tab, click “Clear History”
- When it asks “Delete all items in your History folder?”, click “OK”
- Click “OK”

Firefox on OSX:
- On the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Preferences
- Select the Advanced panel
- Click on the Network tab
- In the Cached Web Content section, click “Clear Now”
- Close the Preferences window

Firefox on Windows:
- Go to Options (if you’re running recent versions of Firefox, you click the orange Firefox button, then go to options, and then options again)
- Click “Advanced”
- In the Cached Web Content Section, click Clear Now.

Safari on OSX:
- Click Safari
- Click Reset Safari
- Uncheck everything but “Remove All Website Data”
- Click Reset

Safari on Windows:
- Click the Cog on the right side of the search bar
- Click Reset Safari
- Uncheck everything but “Remove All Website Data”
- Click Reset

Opera:
- Click Opera
- Click Preferences
- Click Advanced
- Click History
- Click the “Empty Now” button in the same row as Disk cache

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