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Clearing Your Cache

About your cache, cookies and browser history: 

  • Each time you access a file through your web browser, the browser caches (i.e., stores) it. Thus, the browser doesn't have to newly retrieve files (including any images on the page) from the remote web site each time you click Back or Forward. You should periodically clear the cache to allow your browser to function more efficiently.

 

  • A cookie is a file created by a web browser, at the request of a web site that is stored on a computer. These files typically store user-specific information such as selections in a form, shopping cart contents, or authentication data. Browsers will normally clear cookies that reach a certain age, but clearing them manually may solve problems with web sites or your browser.

 

  • A browser's history is a log of sites that you visit. When you press a browser's Back button, you are moving back one entry the history log. Browsers will normally clear history at regular intervals, but you may want to clear it manually for some personal reasons.

 

To clear your cache:

Firefox 3.5 and above for Windows

  • From the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History. 
  • From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range;  to clear your entire cache, select Everything. 
  • Click the down arrow next to "Details" to choose what history elements to clear (make sure the cookies, cache, browsing &Download History, Form and Search History, Active logins get checked). Click Clear Now. 

 

Chrome

  • On the upper right, from the Tools menu (   ), select tools
  • Click Clear browsing data.
  • Select the items (e.g., Clear browsing history, Clear download history, Empty the cache, Delete cookies and other site data). 
  • You can choose the period of time for which you want to clear cached information from the Obliterate the following items from: drop-down menu. To clear your entire cache, select The beginning of time
  • Click Clear browsing data. 

 

Safari

  • From the Safari menu, click edit and select Reset Safari.
  • From the menu, select the items you want to reset, and then click Reset.

To simply empty the cache only

  • From the Safari menu, click edit and select Empty cache
  • Click empty button
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