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How do I clear my browser cache?

Web browsers are designed to download web pages and store them locally on your computer’s hard drive in an area called “cache” in an effort to speed up web browsing. The cache specific details about the web page (images, layout, links, etc.). Typically these items are stored in the Temporary Internet Files folder and is part of the browser history.

When you visit the same page for a second time, the browser speeds up display time by loading the page locally from cache instead of downloading everything again. This sometimes results in less than current versions of web pages being displayed.

Periodically clear the cache to allow your browser to function more efficiently. If you believe that you have a less than current version of a page or if the web page is not displaying properly, please see the following steps listed below to clear the cache in your browser.

From within Internet Explorer:

  1. Select Tools from the Menu (or press the “Ctrl”, “Shift”, and “Delete” keys on your keyboard).
  2. Select “Delete” to clear all browser history or check only “Temporary Internet files and website files” to clear just the cache.

From within Firefox:

  1. Select History from the Menu (or press the “Ctrl”, “Shift”, and “Delete” keys on your keyboard).
  2. Select a “time range” to clear from the drop down menu.
  3. Select “Clear Now” to delete all browser history or click “Details” to select Cache to clear only the cache.

From within Chrome:

  1. Click the menu icon located on the top right corner of the window (or press the “Ctrl”, “Shift”, and “Delete” keys on your keyboard).
  2. Select a time range from the “Obliterate the following items from.”
  3. Select all  items to clear all data data or select only “Cached images and files” to clear the cache only.
  4. Click “Clear browsing data.”

From within Safari

  1. Select History from the Menu.
  2. Select all items to reset all data or select “Remove website data” to clear the cache.
  3. Click “Reset.”






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