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How do I clear browser cache?

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Clearing your browser cache and cookies is essential to optimize website performance, ensure content stays up-to-date, and enhance privacy by erasing stored login information. However, clearing you browser data may reset customized settings and require re-entering login credentials on previously visited sites. In this guide we will go over how to clear your cache, cookies, and history for every web browser on Windows and Mac.

Microsoft Edge

Edge (Windows and Mac)

1. Navigate to the three dot menu.(...) Select Settings.

edge broswer settings

2. Select Privacy, search, and services in the left navigation panel.

edge privacy, search, and services settings

3. Scroll down to Clear browsing data and select Choose what to clear.

scroll down to clear browsing data and choose what to clear

4. Check the boxes to clear cache, cookies, and browsing and download history.

5. Select Clear now.

select the boxes to clear data and then clear now

Success! You did it. To learn more about clearing your cache in Edge, visit Microsoft Support.

Google Chrome

Chrome (Windows and Mac)

  1. In the Chrome browser toolbar, click the Chrome three dot menu (...) > Settings.
google chrome browser settings

2. Select Privacy and security.

google chrome privacy and security settings

3. Click Clear browsing data.

google chrome clear browsing data

4. Check boxes to clear cache, cookies, and browsing history. Click Clear data.

google chrome check boxes and clear data

To learn more about clearing your cache in Chrome, visit Google Support.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox (Windows and Mac)

1. Navigate to the menu icon with three lines. Choose Settings.

firefox broswer settings

2. In Settings, select Privacy and Security.

firefox privacy and security settings

3. Scroll down until you reach Cookies and Site Data. Click Clear Data.

Note: You can also choose to Delete cookies and site data when Firefox is closed. This will clear your cache, history, and cookies every time Firefox is closed.

fire fox clear cookies and site data

4. Check the boxes to clear cookies, cache, then press Clear.

firefox check boxes and press clear

5. Verify that you want to clear the data and click Clear now.

verify to clear data and clear now in firefox

To learn more about clearing your cache in Firefox, visit Firefox Support.

Safari (Mac)

Clear cache and cookies on Safari (Mac)

1. In the safari browser, navigate to the Safari tab at the top of your computer screen.

safari we browser settings

2. Select Privacy > Manage Website Data.

safari privacy settings manage web data

3. You can choose to Remove All cache and cookies for every website, or select individual sites and press Remove. If you want to clear all cache and cookies, click Remove All.

4. Press Done.

safari remove all or individual cashe

Clear Bowser History

1. To clear your browser history, select History > Clear History.

safari clear browsing history

2. Choose the drop down menu to select a time frame for the history you want to clear.

safari choose time frame for browser data and cookies

3. Choose all history.

safari choose all history data

4. Select Clear History.

safari clear history

To learn more about clearing your cache in Safari, visit Apple Support.

Additional Resources

Want to learn more about web browsers? Visit the support guides linked above for each prospective browser. Need help with something else? Contact you local IT help desk.


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