When it comes to internet browsers, there are many options. Add different platforms and different browsers and it can be confusing. Fortunately, many software companies have made it easy to manage these moving parts.
In this tutorial, we’ll go over the aspects you need to know to clear the cache of the various web browsers that you can use on the Windows platform.
- After opening the Mozilla Firefox browser, move the mouse pointer to the upper right corner where there are three horizontal lines and click on it to open the menu.
- After opening Mozilla Firefox Browser , move the mouse to the upper right corner, where there are three horizontal lines, and click it to reveal the menu.
- From the menu, select Options.
- After you click on “Options”, select “Privacy & Security” from the menu list on the left.
- This will open up some options to your right, one of which is the building block for social media trackers, cross-site tracking cookies, content tracking in private windows, and cryptominers. The standard option is likely to be a great place to start, as it was created for exactly such a purpose as a starting point.
- If you scroll down further, there are radio buttons to select (instead of the default) either Strict or Custom.
- Scrolling down the page reveals other options such as Cookies and Site Data.
- If you click on the “Clear Data” button under the “Cookies and Site Data” section, you will be presented with several options regarding cookies and caching.
By selecting cookies and site data, you delete the code that sites have stored on your computer (usually after asking for permission and clicking OK when asked about cookies).
Keep in mind that doing so can remove code you weren’t aware of, so only select this option if you really want to remove these cookies (this applies to all browsers, not just Firefox).
Cached web content, also known as cache, or temporary internet files (as we mentioned above) are those files that help pages load faster, and you can check this box to remove these items in Firefox from this dialog
- If you would like to manually select items to delete, you can do so by selecting “Manage Data” in the Manage Cookies and Site Data dialog box. So you can select the cookie / cache and choose â€œRemove Selectedâ€ to precisely remove the selected items.
- For history, such as local history and search history, you can choose how you want to handle it in the History dialog box.
- If you want to manage history automatically, you can select something like Never remember history or Use custom settings for history from the drop-down menu.
- You can also select Remember History and optionally revisit this option and select Clear History to delete history immediately. Or maybe you want to do something that combines both approaches.
- In Google Chrome, you can start accessing the history section by clicking on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the browser.
- Using Google Chrome , you can start accessing the history section by clicking on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the browser.
- When you click on the dots, a menu pops up at the bottom. Select History. This will cause a different menu to appear on both sides, depending on the position of your Chrome on the screen. You will also see history in this menu. Choose this option.
- In the History window, click Clear Browsing Data to clear Chrome’s history. He’s on the left.
- If you prefer to select one item at a time, you can do so by browsing the list of visited pages and searching. Click the three vertical dots to the right of the item you want to remove and click Remove From History from the pop-up menu. You can also use checkboxes in the list.
- As with other browsers, if you are logged into Google elsewhere, such as on your mobile, you can also delete history from those devices, computers, etc., thanks to the ease of login and process synchronization between devices. For example, in Chrome, you can select tabs from other devices to manage this history.
- If you don’t want to mess with history management, etc., many browsers (including Chrome) offer you the option of browsing the web in incognito (surfing) mode, where no history is recorded. In the case of Chrome, you will find the Incognito option in the next menu that appears after clicking the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
- In the screenshot above, you will notice the option Clear browsing data (cache). If you click on this, you will have the option to choose basic (which might be the simplest) or advanced (which gives you more options). In this dialog, you can choose your browsing history, cookies, and more.
The list is pretty self-explanatory, including determining if it includes synced devices (other places where you can log into Google). You can also choose which time range you prefer from the drop-down menu at the top of the dialog box.
- Once you’ve made your selections, click Clear Data.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer has been around for quite some time, and many people are familiar with it. At the same time, it has an interesting verbiage that can confuse some people.
- As with other browsers, you want to look at the top right corner of the browser again. You are looking for a gear icon. Go ahead and click on it.
- A pop-up menu displays a list of options, including Security. Click on it. As a result, it will be possible (at the top) to Delete your browsing history.
- When you click Delete Browsing History, the dialog box responds with several options that are self-explanatory. You can delete temporary internet files and website files (cache), cookies and website data, and more.
One interesting option is the â€œSave Favorite Website Dataâ€ option at the top of the dialog box. This is useful if you want to do a relatively clean cleanup of your browser files, etc., but don’t want to lose your most valuable data – Favorites.
Another one you might not want to delete initially is passwords. If you check this box, you can make sure all your passwords are written down somewhere else (if you can’t remember them).
- To customize how Internet Explorer handles internet files, etc., go back to where we started, click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the browser and this time select Internet Options em > in the pop-up menu.
- In this dialog, you have the option to click “Delete” in the “Browsing history” section. You also have Settings and the option to Clear browsing history on exit.
All this is displayed automatically as it is located on the first tab “General”.
- In the same window, you can select Content, the fourth tab from the left. On this tab, you have the option to customize the autocomplete options.
Just like cookies from websites, autocomplete data helps you browse the web, completing the web addresses you enter, etc. This is where you have the option to remove this information from your Internet Explorer data.
- If you want to remove the autocomplete data, select the specific data you want to remove by checking the box and clicking OK.
Before that, you also have the option to delete your autocomplete history by doing it with one click.
The Microsoft Edge browser was first released for Windows 10 in 2015. It remains the default browser in recent versions of Windows and, along with Internet Explorer, makes Microsoft the third most popular browser vendor.
- In Edge, click the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner of the browser.
- From the pop-up menu, click Settings.
- From the Settings menu, click Privacy & Security in the left pane of the pop-up window, and then click the Choose what to clear button.
- The Clear Browsing Data list will present you with a list of available options that you can delete. By default, four of these options will be selected for you: browsing history, cookies and saved website data, cached data and files, and tabs that I have snoozed or recently closed.
- You can go on and select any or all of the other five options, or you can leave them unchecked. They are unchecked by default.
- Alternatively, you can choose to automatically clear this data every time you close Microsoft Edge If that’s what you want to do, click on “Always clear when closing browser slider”.
- After selecting what you want to clear, click the Clear button. After everything is cleared, you will see a small All clear icon! Message
- In this case, you will click in the upper left corner of your browser directly on the O icon representing Opera. Once that is done, a pop-up menu will show some options and you will need to click on Settings.
- By clicking on “Settings”, you can expand “Advanced” (left) and select “Privacy & Security”. Additional options will appear in this menu to your right. You need to click on “Clear browsing data”.
- As with other browsers, you can choose the “Basic” option on the left, which is probably the simplest option. Even by choosing “Basic”, you can choose whether you want to delete your browsing history, cookies and other site data, as well as cached images and files.
Apple Safari is considered the pre-installed browser for Mac users. However, with the advent of other browsers, especially when Mac users find they are also using Windows (for example, in a work environment), more and more Mac users are using other browsers as well.
So it comes as no surprise that Windows users might find themselves using Apple Safari on their Windows platform. Apple has not updated the Windows version of Safari to 2012.
The following instructions refer to this version, which is still available at least for the time being, and is intended to keep your Safari browser running smoothly.
- Clicking the gear icon in the upper right corner of your browser opens a menu where you can select History from the options provided.
- In the History section, you will see another option to click on a different story, and on the right side of the screen you will see a list of sites visited and searches performed. By right-clicking on any individual link (link), you can select Remove to remove that item from the Visited Sites (History) history.
- If you want to control how your browser behaves with these elements, select “Settings” instead of “History” if you have an option in the pop-up menu (accessed by via the gear icon).
- In the “Settings” section, you can select “Privacy” with the “Mystery Man” icon, which is located on the third tab from the right.
- At this point, you will have access to click the Delete All Website Data button, making it easier to clean up Safari code, temporary Internet files (cache), etc. If you want For more control above which files are deleted, you can click the “Details” button.
- When you select “Delete All Website Data”, you will be presented with a sort of last chance for collateral, where you can click “Delete Now” if you really want to delete the data. Otherwise click “Cancel” if you choose not to delete this data.
- Are you in a hurry and just want to finish? Another option in the gear menu is to select “Reset Safari” and allow the browser to delete files and restore to almost factory settings, after which you can start over.
Clearing the browser cache on mobile is very similar to what we went through above, and especially among the same developer. Listed below are some of the necessary steps to get you started.
- If using an Android device, go to the browser and select Menu, then More and you will see an option for settings or menus.
- Once selected, you will need Settings and Privacy & Security. If you are using the Chrome browser, it will be slightly more optimized by using the Menu option and then Settings and Privacy. Both methods are similar to Android once you get the hang of it.
Deleting data (including temporary files from smartphone) is slightly different in Android browser and Chrome browser. The Chrome browser thinks for you, and all you have to do is click “Clear” to have the browser do it for you (using the default settings).
The Android browser has options: click “Clear cache”, “Clear history”, “Clear all cookie data” or any other combination you want.
We looked at Windows Safari in a computer browser. In Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, etc., the process is very similar. Instead of going straight to the browser, Apple has set it up so that you can access what you need through Settings, represented by a gear icon, probably on the home screen (to begin with).
- Select Safari from the list of preferences.
- Scrolling down in Safari preferences, you can select Clear History and Website Data. Your iOS device will ask you to confirm this choice with something like “Clear history and data” so that you can confirm your choice / choice.
If you’re in a Kindle scene, you can also clear your cache and browser history (and cookies).
- Select your browser and find the menu, then Settings and then Privacy.
- You should then be presented with the option “Clear browsing data” for you to select / click.
- Select the clear options that you want to clear and click Clear.
Note: This process may not work for all Kindles (i.e. first generation), but should give you an idea of ??how to work with it on your device.