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How to clear your web browser Cache in chrome, safari, Internet explorer and firefox

Sometimes your web browser will keep a local copy of a website (called a cache) and when you go back to that same page it will show you what it previously stored. If there have been changes to the core files or settings sometimes the browser won’t recognise that it needs to go and find a newer version of the page. This is where it can help to clear your local web browser cache. Here’s how to do it:

Chrome

There is this super handy plugin for Chrome called Clear Cache. It will install a little button that looks like a recycling symbol and when you click it will clear your cache and refresh the page. You can download it here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/clear-cache/. Makes it SUPER easy!!

Alternately (if you like to do things the long way) you can do it manually:

  1. Click the hamburger symbol in the top right corner and select Settings.
  2. Click the Show Advanced Settings… link at the bottom
  3. Click on ‘Clear Browsing Data’
  4. Make sure ‘Cached images and files’ is selected
  5. Click ‘Clear browsing data’
  6. Then go back to your page and click Control + R to refresh the page, or you can click the little circle arrow to the left of the address bar to refresh the page.

Safari

If you’re using Safari on a Mac, you can click the following buttons to refresh the cache:

  1. Command + E  (this clears the cache)
  2. Command + R (this refreshes the page)

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. IE 8: From the Tools menu choose Internet Options.
    IE 9: In the upper right corner, click the small gear icon (to the right of the star icon) and choose Internet Options
  3. On the General tab, under Browsing history, click Delete.
  4. Un-check the Preserve Favorites website data box.
  5. Check the Temporary Internet files, Cookies, and History boxes.
  6. The Form data, Passwords, and inPrivate Filtering data boxes may be left un-checked. You can check them to delete this data if you so choose.
  7. Click Delete.
  8. When finished, click OK to return to your Internet Explorer window.
  9. Close the Internet Explorer window and reopen.

Firefox

  1. From the History menu, select Clear Recent History.If the menu bar is hidden, press Alt to make it visible.
  2. From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range; to clear your entire cache, select Everything.
  3. Next to “Details”, click the down arrow to choose which elements of the history to clear; to clear your entire cache, select all items.
  4. Click Clear Now.
  5. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

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