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How do I clear the browser cache?

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Firefox (Windows or Macintosh)


  1. From the menu select History > Clear Recent History
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    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. By "Details", click the down arrow to choose the parts of your history to clear. To clear your entire cache, select all items.
  4. Click Clear Now.
  5. Close all browser windows and quit Firefox
    Result: Your cache is cleared and you can reopen Firefox.

If there's no History menu:

  1. In the upper right, click on the 3 horizontal bars, then choose History.
    Firefox preferences
  2. Choose Clear Recent History.
    clear recent history
  3. Set the Time Range to Clear to Everything.
    Click the triangle to show Details. Select Cookies, Cache, Active Logins and Site Preferences.
    clear cache

If you'd like your cache cleared every time you quit Firefox, see: How do I clear my browser's cache automatically each time I close Firefox?

Older Firefox versions

How do I clear the browser cache for Mozilla Firefox?

Internet Explorer (Windows)

Internet Explorer 10 or 11

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

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

    Result: You will get a confirmation at the bottom of the window once it has successfully cleared your cache and cookies.
    internet explorer configuration

Older Internet Explorer versions

How do I clear the browser cache for Internet Explorer?

Safari (Macintosh)

Safari 6.0+

  1. Follow the menu path Safari > Preferences, then select Privacy.
  2. Click Remove All Website Data.
    safari preferences

  3. A message will appear asking if you are sure that you want to remove all website data. Click Remove Now.
    remove website data
  4. Close Safari Preferences.
  5. Quit Safari (Safari > Quit)
  6. Relaunch Safari to access the website.

Safari 5.2 and before

  • Follow the menu path: Safari > Empty Cache

Google Chrome (Windows or Macintosh)

  • Alternate instructions:
    1. Go to the Wrench Menu and look for Preferences or Options
    2. Go to the Under the Hood section.
    3. Click the Clear Browsing Data button.
    4. In the list of data to be obliterated, it is sufficient to just empty the cache. You do not need to delete the other history.

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Last Modified:

December 13, 2015

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