How and why you should clear the web browser cache

In order to speed up web browsing, web browsers are designed to download web pages and store them locally on your computer's hard drive in an area called "cache". The cache contains a kind of travel record of the items you have seen, heard, or downloaded from the Web, including images, sounds, Web pages, even cookies. Typically these items are stored in the Temporary Internet Files folder.
When you visit the same page for a second time, the browser speeds up display time by loading the page locally from cache instead of downloading everything again. This sometimes results in less than current versions of web pages being displayed. When the cache fills up, performance can slow down and your hard drive may run out of space. You should periodically clear the cache to allow your browser to function more efficiently.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Tools in the upper toolbar.
  3. Click Internet Options to open Internet Properties.
  4. Click the General tab
  5. Click Delete Files under "Temporary Internet Files".
  6. Check Delete all offline content.
  7. Click OK on the Delete Files dialog box.
  8. Click Apply and then OK

    or
  1.  Click Start, select Settings and Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Internet Options to open Internet Properties
  3. Click Delete Files
    NOTE: Do not select Delete Cookies. Delete Cookies removes all the cookies stored on the computer.
  4. Click OK on the Delete Files dialog box.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Close Window.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0, 8.0 & 9.0

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Click Tools in the upper toolbar or click on the Tools icon.
  3. Click Internet Options to open Internet Properties.
  4. Click the General tab
  5. Click Delete under "Browsing History".
  6. Click Delete Files under "Temporary Internet Files".
  7. Click Yes on the Delete Files dialog box.
  8. Click Close and then OK.

    or
  1. Click Start, select Settings and Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Internet Options to open Internet Properties.
  3. Click Delete under "Browsing History".
  4. Click Delete Files under "Temporary Internet Files".
  5. Click Yes on the Delete Files dialog box.
  6. Click Close and then OK.
  7. Close Window.

More information can be found at the Microsoft support page

Firefox

Clear the cache

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click Tools, then select Clear Recent History…. The Clear Recent History window will open.
  2. Next to Time range to clear, select Everything. 
  3. Click the button next to Details to expand the window.
  4. In the Details list, select Cache and make sure the other items are not selected.
  5. Click Clear Now. The cache will be cleared and the Clear Recent History window will close.

Automatically clear the cache

You can set Firefox to automatically clear the cache when Firefox closes:

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu, and select Options....
  2. Select the Privacy panel.
  3. In the History section, set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history.
  4. Select the check box for Clear history  when Firefox closes.
  5. Beside Clear history when Firefox closes, click the Settings... button. The Settings for Clearing History window will open.
  6. In the Settings for Clearing History window, click the check mark box next to Cache.
  7. Click OK to close the Settings for Clearing History window.
  8. Click OK to close the Options window

For more information go to the Firefox support page

Chrome

Google have written a useful article about how to clear your cache in Chrome click here to view

This article created by The Webshowroom: 22 Dec 2010

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