Clearing browser cache

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Clearing your browser cache is a simple process that can be done using the browser itself or through third-party programs such as BleachBit or CCleaner. Clearing your cache allows you to get a fresh copy of the websites you visit. Changes made to websites will show up faster when they have done updates tot he software they run, or edited files such as CSS stylesheets.

Generally a force refresh is sufficient to get a fresh webpage cache. You can do this by pressing Shift + F5.

To clear the cache and history in most browsers, simply press Ctrl + Shift + Delete.

Browsers

Firefox

Force refresh: Ctrl + F5.

  • Press Alt and click "History", then "Clear Recent History".
  • In the dropdown for "Time range to clear", select "Everything".
  • Make sure "Cache" is checked.
  • Click "Clear Now".

Internet Explorer

Force refresh: Ctrl + Shift + F5.

  • Click the Gear at the top right.
  • Be sure to uncheck "Preserve Favorites website data".
  • "Temporary Internet files and website files" should be checked.
  • Click "Delete".

Chrome

Force refresh: Ctrl + Shift + F5.

  • Click the top right Menu button (three dashes), also known as the Hamburger button.
  • Click "Settings".
  • Click "History".
  • Click "Clear browsing data...".
  • Apply a check to "Empty the cache".
  • Click on "Clear browsing data".

Mobile Devices

The process for clearing the cache on mobile devices is essentially the same as clearing them on your computer. Most options to clear the cache will be found under "Settings" and then "Privacy".

Third Party Programs

  • BleachBit: "Cache" is the option you want to have checked under the corresponding browser section in BleachBit.