IT Tech Tips

Clearing Your Cache

If you work with technology long enough, you are bound to hear the word “cache” thrown around. Simply put, the cache is where your web browser remembers where it has been. When you revisit the page, your browser calls upon your cache which enables your computer to load the page faster. This saves time, disk space, and energy, the browser often simply shows the cached version of the page.

If the site has been updated since the last time you visited the page, there is a chance that your computer will load the version of the site that it “remembers” as opposed to the current version of the site.

This is a problem that has plagued web developers for some time: the webmaster updates a page on the website, but a visitor still sees the old version of the page showing in the browser window.

To remedy this problem a technician might suggest that you “clear your cache”.
Each browser has a tool to fix cache problems. This article focuses on the quick methods for clearing your browser’s cache.

Firefox

  1. Open the Clear Recent History panel by pressing Shift+Command+Delete (on Mac) or Shift+Control+Delete (on PC).
  2. Select the data and time period you want cleared.
  3. Click the Clear Now button.
  4. You’re done!

Internet Explorer

  1. Open the Delete Browsing History panel by pressing Shift+Control+Delete.
  2. Select the data you want cleared.
  3. Click the Delete button.
  4. You’re done!

Safari

  1. Press Alt+Command+E.
  2. You’re done!

Chrome

  1. Open the Clear browsing data panel by pressing Shift+Command+Delete (on Mac) or Shift+Control+Delete (on PC).
  2. Select the data and time period you want cleared.
  3. Click the Clear browsing data button.
  4. You're done!

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