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Clearing Your Browser's Cache

Each time you access a file through your web browser, the browser caches (stores) it. In this way, the files (including any images on the page) do not have to be retrieved anew from the remote web site each time you click the Back or Forward buttons. You should periodically clear the cache to allow your browser to function more efficiently.

Though there may be slight variations between browser versions on Windows, Macintosh or Linux, the information below should be sufficient to help you find your browser's cache-clearing functions. Instructions for your browser:

Internet Explorer 8

  1. Click on the Safety menu at the top of the page.
  2. Check the box next to "Temporary Internet Files and History".
  3. Click the Delete button, and wait for your computer to process this request. Once it is finished, your cursor should return and you can close out of the "Safety" menu.
  4. ** Keep in mind that Internet Explorer 8 has an "InPrivate" security mode. This consists of three features called InPrivate Browsing, InPrivate Blocking and InPrivate Subscription. When these are enabled, IE8 will not save browsing and searching history, cookies, form data or passwords. In addition, it will *automatically* clear your browser cache as well.

Internet Explorer 7

  1. From the Tools menu, select Internet Options... .
  2. Choose the General tab.
  3. Under Browsing history, click Delete... .
  4. Next to "Temporary Internet Files", click Delete files... .
  5. Click Close, and then click OK to exit.

Internet Explorer 4.x, 5.x and 6.x

  1. From the Tools menu (for version 4.x, the View menu), select Internet Options....
  2. Choose the General tab.
  3. In the "Temporary Internet Files" section, click Delete Files....
  4. To confirm the deletion, click OK.
  5. In the Internet Options dialog box, click OK.

Firefox 3.5

  1. From the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History.
  2. Beside Time range to clear, choose Everything.
  3. Click on Details, and make sure that Cache is selected. You should deselect anything else in the list unless you know you want to delete it too.
  4. Select Clear Now.

Firefox 2.0 and 3.0

  1. From the Tools menu, select Clear Private Data.
  2. Make sure that Cache is selected, then click on Clear Private Data Now.

Firefox 1.0 and 1.5

  1. From the Tools menu, select Options..., and then click Privacy.
  2. In 1.5, select the Cache tab, and then click the Clear Cache Now button. In 1.0, next to Cache, click the Clear button, and then click OK.

Firefox 1.x and 2.0 for Mac OS X

  1. From the Firefox menu, select Preferences....
  2. From the sheet that drops down, select Privacy. In 2.0, click Clear Now. In 1.5, click Clear Cache Now. In 1.0, next to Cache, click the Clear button, and then OK.


  1. From the Safari menu, select Empty Cache....
  2. When prompted, click Empty to confirm that you want to empty the cache.

Google Chrome

  1. Select the Tools menu (appears as a little picture of a wrench in the upper right corner).
  2. Select Clear browsing data....
  3. Select the Empty the cache checkbox. If you do not wish to perform the other functions listed (such as clearing browser history or deleting cookies), make sure these other items are unchecked.
  4. Select the period of time for which you want to delete cached information using the Clear data from this period: dropdown menu (if in doubt, select Everything).
  5. Click the Clear Browsing Data button.