How to Clear the Local Cache for a Web Browser (Desktop)

The instructions below show how to clear the local data cache for the desktop versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera.



 NOTE: You can use the shortcut CTRL-SHIFT-DELETE (Windows and Linux) or COMMAND-SHIFT-DELETE (Mac) to instantly skip to the last step for any browser



Internet Explorer

1. Click the gear icon on the top right (Tools)
2. Click "Internet Options"


3. Click "Delete..." in the "General" Tab of the Internet Settings window.
4. Choose the 4 checkboxes as shown in the image above.
5. Click "Delete" and allow a moment for the data to be cleared.

Firefox

1. Click the menu icon on the top right.
2. Choose "History".  If this icon does not appear, click "Customize" and drag "History" into the menu window where it is shown in the image above.


3. Choose "Clear Recent History".


4. Change the time range to "Everything".
5. Choose the options for data removal as shown in the image above.
6. Click "Clear Now" and allow some time for the data to be cleared.


Chrome

1. Click on the menu button at the top right of Chrome
2. Click "History" in the menu
3. Click "Clear Browsing Data" in the History page that opens

4. Choose "The Beginning of Time" for the time to remove cache data.
5. Choose the above selection for types of data to remove.
6. Click "Clear Browsing Data" and allow some time for the data to be removed.


Safari

1. Click "Safari" on the top menu bar.
2. Click "Clear History and Website Data..."
3. Click "Remove Now"


Opera

1. Click on the "Speed Dial" button to the left of the address bar.
2. Click the "History" section on the bottom"
3. Click "Clear Browsing Data" at the top of the History menu


4. Choose "The beginning of time" for the time period of data to clear.
5. Choose the types of data to be cleared as shown in the image above.
6. Click "Clear Browsing Data" and allow some time for the data to be cleared.



Keywords:cache cookies clear clean wipe remove system temp temporary history files   Doc ID:55341
Owner:Ryan C.Group:UW-Extension and Colleges
Created:2015-08-18 10:38 CSTUpdated:2015-10-05 08:16 CST
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