Clearing out your web browser's temporary files—often called cache—can help your computer run faster.
Cache is created when your web browser stores certain files on your computer temporarily. If you revisit a web page, you’ll see cached files rather than downloading the page contents all over again.
This helps make your web surfing experience faster.
But here’s how a slowdown can happen when saved logos or buttons or funny cat memes get changed by their owners: You might still see the old version—until you clear your cache. And if your browser has stored many files from sites you never plan to visit again, those files are taking up precious space on your computer, and possibly slowing you down.
So it's a good idea to clear your cache once in a while.
Here are instructions for clearing the cache in your web browser.
Browser software is always being updated to provide better security, and since it's free, you should download the latest version of Chrome directly from Google.
To clear out temporary files in Google Chrome:
- Near the top right corner of your Google Chrome window, click the 3 dots and select Settings.
- Scroll down and click Advanced.
- Click Clear Browsing Data.
- Click the Advanced tab and choose a Time range from Last hour to All time.
- Check all the boxes you wish. We recommend checking Cached images and Files. Then click the
Clear data button.
- Close the Settings tab or navigate to another page to exit.
This software is no longer supported by Microsoft.
To clear out temporary files in Internet Explorer:
- Click Tools (small gear icon on upper right) and Internet Options.
- Click Delete under Browsing History.
- Select the following items:
- Preserve Favorites website data
- Temporary Internet Files
- Click Delete > OK.
- Close the Internet Options tab or navigate to another page to exit.
Browser software is always being updated to provide better security, and since it's free, you should download the latest version of Firefox directly from Mozilla.
To clear your temporary files in Firefox:
- Click the Open Menu button in the top right corner of the window and select Options.
- Click the Privacy & Security tab on the left side and find the Cookies and Site Data section.
- Click the Clear Data button.
- Check the boxes for Cookies and Site Data and Cached Web Content, then click the Clear button.
- Click Clear Now.
- Close the Options tab or navigate to another page to exit.
Browser software is always being updated to provide better security, and since it's free, you should download the latest version of Safari directly from Apple. The version number you will use depends on your operating system. You can use Safari on a Macintosh or Windows computer.
To clear out temporary files in Safari:
- Click Safari > Preferences.
- Click the Privacy tab at the top of the window and click the Remove All Website Data button.
- Click Remove Now.
- Click to close the window.
If you have Windows 10 on your computer, your copy of the Edge browser is kept up to date.
To clear out the temporary files in Microsoft Edge:
- Near the top right corner of your Google Chrome window, click the 3 dots icon and select Settings.
- Find the Clear browsing data section and click the Choose what to clear button.
- Check all the boxes you wish and click the Clear button.
- When you see the All clear! message, close the Settings tab or navigate to another page to exit.