What is Browser Cache and How Do I Clear It?

As you surf the web, the web browser you use (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome,…) saves elements on websites you visit in a cache folder on your local PC. In doing so, each time you go back to visit that website you do not need to re-load the files and your page can load much faster.

In most cases this is huge time-saver but when viewing your own website that is being worked on, you may not be looking at the most up-to-date styles and images. Here’s how to clear out your cached files to view the most recent changes:

Internet Explorer:

(1) Select Tools (via the Gear Icon) > Safety > Delete browsing history.

(2) Make sure to uncheck Preserve Favorites website data and check both Temporary Internet Files and Cookies then click Delete.

(3) You will get a confirmation at the bottom of the window once it has successfully cleared your cache and cookies.

Mozilla 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.

Google Chrome:

(1) Click on the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.

(2) Select Tools.

(3) Select Clear browsing data.

(4) A dialogue window will appear, providing you with a list of checkboxes for the types of information that you wish to have removed.

(5) You can also set how far back in your browsers history you wish to have removed.
Once, you have selected the types of information you wish to remove, click Clear browsing data.