According to Wikipedia, a web cache is a mechanism for the temporary storage (caching) of web documents, such as HTML pages and images, to reduce bandwidth usage, server load, and perceived lag. A web cache stores copies of documents passing through it. In other words, when you click on a link, the computer will search the cache of saved pages and load that in preference to downloading it all over again.

The downside of that is that if there is an error or technical problem, the cached file will retain that error even when the issues have been resolved. It is therefore necessary to periodically clear your cache and your download history, particularly if there have been some technical ‘gremlins’ at work.

To clear your cache, just click CTRL-SHIFT-DEL (i.e. hold down the Control, Shift and Delete keys all at once. On a Mac, the keystrokes are COMMAND-SHIFT-DEL, AND you will see the following pop-up:

In Internet Explorer:


In Chrome:

In Mozilla Firefox:


In Safari:

In Safari, the instructions are different – on the History Menu, select Clear History.



Make sure you have selected the options as indicated in each of these images, and click as shown. To complete the process you may have to reboot your computer (turn it off and on again), even if it doesn’t ask you to.

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7 Responses to Help: How to clear your cache.

  1. Tina Bruderer says:

    thx this tip will help alot of us I am sure.

  2. Deana Warner says:

    Hi My name is Deana and I am a new member as of yesterday. I am going through this site and am amazed at all the cool things it has to offer. My question regarding the cache is, how often are you supposed to do it and will it delete anything else on my computer that I don’t want gone?

    • Shelley says:

      How often you clear the cache is up to you, it’s not essential to do it on a strict regimen, but if you are having problems it is worth trying. You won’t lose any files or programs. Of course, you are backing up regularly!!

  3. jeanne says:

    cool – didn’t know you could get there with CTRL-SHIFT-DEL. thanks for the nifty new tip!

  4. cnorris cnorris says:

    In windows 7 with Internet Explorer CTRL-SHIFT-DEL brings up my task manager and I do not see a history section.

  5. Kay Clark says:

    WOW, that was easy peasy! Thanks!!!

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