- You can clear the cache in Internet Explorer to improve its performance if you are having loading issues with the browser.
- You can find the cache controls in the 'Internet options' dialog box under the Tools menu in Internet Explorer.
- If you don't absolutely need to use Internet Explorer, you should upgrade to Microsoft Edge, Chrome, or Firefox.
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If you're having trouble with loading on Internet Explorer on your Windows 10 PC – in particular if certain web pages won't open or if the browser is running very slowly – you might need to clear the cache. In some cases, a large or corrupted cache can slow down the browser and cause rendering problems.
Before you clear your cache, it's important to note that Internet Explorer is an obsolete web browser and is no longer actively supported by Microsoft. Unless you absolutely need to use it, such as for a Line of Business application that does not work on any other web browser, you should migrate to a newer browser, such as Microsoft Edge or another alternative like Chrome or Firefox.
If you need to use Internet Explorer and still want to know how to clear your cache, here's how to do it.
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- But you can't clear the Memory cache. To do that you need to close Firefox and re-open it. Instead of doing that, if you are troubleshooting a problem you can force Firefox to bypass the cache and reload the page by pressing CTRL and F5 or press the SHIFT key.
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How to clear the cache in Internet Explorer
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. Click the Tools menu in the upper right corner. Depending on your version of the browser, it will either be labeled 'Tools' or will appear as an icon of a gear.
3. In the drop-down menu, choose 'Internet options.'
Pale Moon Vs Waterfox© Dave Johnson/Business Insider You can find your Internet options in the Tools menu. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
4. On the 'General' tab, and in the 'Browsing history' section, click the 'Delete' button.© Dave Johnson/Business Insider This will take you to a menu where you can decide what to clear from your cache. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
5. At a minimum, make sure that 'Temporary Internet Files and website files' and 'Cookies and website data' are selected. Also consider clearing the checkbox for 'Preserve Favorites website data.'
6. Then click 'Delete.'© Dave Johnson/Business Insider Clear as many areas of the browser cache as you can to solve any performance issues with your browser. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
7. After a few moments, your cached data will be deleted and you can see if Internet Explorer's performance improves.
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As you browse the web, Firefox helpfully remembers lots of information for you – sites you've visited, files you've downloaded and more. All of this information is called your history. However, if you are using a public computer or share a computer with someone, you may not want others to see these kinds of things.
This article explains what information is stored in your Firefox history and gives you step-by-step ways to clear all or part of it.
- To temporarily stop Firefox from storing history, see Private Browsing - Use Firefox without saving history.
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- Browsing & Download History: Browsing history is the list of sites you've visited that are shown in the History menu, the Library window's History list and the address bar autocomplete list. Download history is the list of files you've downloaded that are shown in the Downloads window.
- Form & Search History: Form history includes the items you've entered into web page forms for Form autocomplete. Search history includes items you've entered into the search field on the New Tab page or into Firefox's Search bar.
- Cookies: Cookies store information about websites you visit, such as site preferences or login status. This includes information and site preferences stored by the Adobe Flash plugin. Cookies can also be used by third parties to track you across sites. For more info about tracking, see How do I turn on the Do Not Track feature?. Note: In order to clear cookies set by Flash you must be using the latest version. See Updating Flash for instructions.
- Cache: The cache stores temporary files, such as web pages and other online media, that Firefox downloaded from the Internet to speed up loading of pages and sites you've already seen.
- Active Logins: If you have logged in to a website that uses HTTP authentication since you most recently opened Firefox, that site is considered 'active'. Clearing this logs you out of those sites.
- Offline Website Data: If you've allowed it, a website can store files on your computer so that you can continue to use it when you are not connected to the Internet.
- Site Preferences: Site-specific preferences, including the saved zoom level for sites, character encoding, and the permissions for sites (like pop-up blocker exceptions) described in the Page Info window.
- Click the Library button , click History and then click Clear Recent History….
- Select how much history you want to clear:
- Click the drop-down menu next to Time range to clear to choose how much of your history Firefox will clear (the last hour, the last two hours, the last four hours, the current day or everything).
- Use the check boxes to select what information you want to clear from your history. Your choices are described in the What things are included in my history? section above.
- Click the button. The window will close and the items you've selected will be cleared from your history.
If you need to clear your history every time you use Firefox, you can set it to happen automatically on exit so you don’t forget.
- In the Menu bar at the top of the screen, click Firefox and select Preferences.Click the menu button and select ...
Select the Privacy & Security panel and go to the History section.
- In the drop-down menu next to Firefox will, choose Use custom settings for history.
- Check the box for Clear history when Firefox closes.
- To specify what types of history should be cleared, click the button next to Clear history when Firefox closes.
- In the Settings for Clearing History window, check the items that you want to have cleared automatically each time you quit Firefox.
- After selecting the history to be cleared, click to close the Settings for Clearing History window.
- Close the about:preferences page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.
Note: Under certain circumstances, this function will not run:
- Firefox did not shut down normally. If Firefox crashes, you will need to start Firefox and exit/quit normally to ensure that this function runs.
- Firefox is set to use automatic private browsing. History retained from regular sessions can only be cleared from a regular window. To change between regular mode and automatic private browsing, see: Private Browsing - Use Firefox without saving history.
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- Click on the menu button to open the menu panel.Click the Library button on your toolbar. (If you don't see it there, click the menu button then click Library.) Click History and then click the Show All HistoryManage History bar at the bottom to open the Library window.
- Search for the website you want to remove from your history by typing its name in the Search History field in the top-right corner and then pressing EnterReturn.
- Then, in the search results, right-clickhold down the Ctrl key while you click on the site you want to remove, and select Forget About This Site.All history items (browsing and download history, cookies, cache, active logins, passwords, saved form data, exceptions for cookies, images, pop-ups) for that site will be removed.
- Finally, close the Library window.