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How to Clear Browser Cache for Web All Browsers

In certain situations, you might have been advised to clear browser cache. It’s a necessary diagnostic when you’re having issues viewing resources on a website. 

Whenever you visit a site, your web browser stores certain information from that site on your computer’s hard drive in something called the “browser cache.” Browser caching helps speed up your web browsing experience by eliminating the need to download the same static resources over and over as you browse around a web page.

For example, you might add an image on your site, but you’re unable to see that image because your browser is still serving up a cached version of your website.

That’s when you need to clear browser cache.

How to Force Refresh a Single Page for All Browsers

Before you try to clear your browser cache, one trick you can try is to “force a refresh”. You can force a complete refresh of your page by using some simple hotkeys:

  • Windows and Linux: CTRL + F5
  • Apple Safari: SHIFT Reload toolbar button
  • Chrome and Firefox for MacCMD + SHIFT R

This method helps you bypass the cache for the specific page that you’re visiting and it will help if you’re experiencing issues with just a single page. But if you are experiencing issues with multiple pages on your site, it’s better clearing your entire browser cache.

How to Clear Browser Cache for Google Chrome

The quickest way to access the Clear browsing data screen in Google Chrome is by using the keyboard shortcuts:

  • Ctrl+Shift+Del (Windows)
  • Command+Shift+Delete (Mac)

In the next window, choose the time range and then click the Clear data button to clear your cache.

If you don’t feel comfortable using keyboard shortcuts, here’s how to clear the browser cache for Google Chrome on your computer:

1) Click the 3-dot icon in the upper-right corner of Chrome

2) Then, find the More Tools option and select Clear browsing data… from the submenu

Clear Browser Cache Google Chrome

 

3) In the next window, choose the time range and then click the Clear data button to clear your cache.

Clear browsing Data in Chrome

That’s it! your Chrome browser cache is now empty.

How to Clear Browser Cache for Mozilla Firefox

The quickest way to access the Clear Recent History screen in Mozilla Firefox is by using the keyboard shortcuts:

  • Ctrl+Shift+Del (Windows)
  • Command+Shift+Delete (Mac)

In the Clear Recent History screen, select Cache and click or tap Clear Now.

If you don’t feel comfortable using keyboard shortcuts, here’s how to clear the browser cache for Mozilla Firefox on your computer:

1) In Firefox’s Menu button (the three-lined hamburger icon) select Preferences

Clear Browser Mozilla Firefox

2) Choose Privacy & Security

3) Click the Clear History button in the History area.

4) In the Clear Recent History screen that opens, select Cache and click or tap Clear Now.

Clear History Firefox

That’s it! your Mozilla Firefox browser cache is now empty.

How to Clear Browser Cache for Safari

To clear the browser cache for Safari, you have two options.

If you’re fine with clearing your entire browsing history (including cookies and visited pages), you can take the easy approach and just go to History → Clear History…

Clear Browser Cache Safari

To only empty Safari’s browser cache, you’ll need to enable the Develop menu by going to Preferences → Advanced and checking the Show Develop menu in menu bar box

Then, you can go to Develop → Empty Caches to clear Safari’s browser cache:

That’s it! your Safari browser cache is now empty.

How to Clear Browser Cache for Internet Explorer

The quickest way to access the Delete Browsing History screen in Internet Explorer is by using the keyboard shortcut:

  • Ctrl+Shift+Del

Check Temporary Internet files and website files box and then click on the Delete button.

If you don’t feel comfortable using keyboard shortcuts, here’s how to clear the browser cache for Internet Explorer on your computer:

1) Open the Tools icon, which resembles a gear

2) Choose Safety.

3) Select Delete browsing history… from the submenu

4) Check Temporary Internet files and website files box

5) Click on Delete button

That’s it! your Internet Explorer browser cache is now empty.

How to Clear Browser Cache for Opera

The quickest way to access the Clear browsing data screen in Opera is by using the keyboard shortcuts:

  • Ctrl+Shift+Del (Windows)
  • Command+Shift+Delete (Mac)

In the next window, choose the time range and then click the Clear data button to clear your cache.

If you don’t feel comfortable using keyboard shortcuts, here’s how to clear the browser cache for Opera on your computer:

1) Click the Easy Setup button in the upper-right corner of Opera then find the Clear browsing data option and click Clear browsing data… button

Clear Browser Cache Opera

2) In the next window, choose the time range and then click the Clear data button to clear your cache.

That’s it! your Opera browser cache is now empty.

Updated on November 3, 2019

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