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Clearing your cache

Your browser's cache stores temporary internet files that have been picked up from your web browsing activities. The cache houses information regarding sites you have visited, images and music you may have downloaded, etc. By storing this information, caches allow your browser to display web pages that you have previously visited. However, it is important to clear your cache from time to time in order to free up space on your hard drive so that your computer can run more efficiently.

To clear the cache in Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Tools icon from the upper right corner of the menu bar, then Internet Options. The page should open to the "General" tab.

  3. Under "Browsing history," click the Delete button.

  4. In the "Delete Browsing History" window that opens, select which files you would like to clear.

  5. Click Delete.
  6. Click OK to shut the Internet Options window.

To clear the cache in Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Click the Firefox menu button in the upper left corner of the screen. Mouse over History to bring up more options, then click on "Clear Recent History."

  3. You will see the following dialog box:

  4. You can select a time range to clear, but selecting "Everything" will clear your browsing history the most effectively; click in the boxes in the "Details" section as noted in this example for optimum clearance.
  5. Click the OK button.


To clear the cache in Safari:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. On a PC, click on Tools (the gear icon in th upper right corner of the window) and select Reset Safari.


    On a Mac, click on Safari from the menu bar and select Reset Safari.

  3. Select which files you would like to clear.
  4. Click the Reset button.


Instructional Technology and Research Support (ITRS)
Division of Information Technology Services
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