Friday, April 13, 2012

Clearing Your Browser Cache


cleaning a hard disk with a eraser pencil
When you are surfing Internet using any kind of Web Browser, we say as example Internet Explorer, Chrome (I use this one basically for Windows 7 and Windows 8), Firefox, Opera and you view the pages on the web, these files are saved on the hard drive, in an automatic way, and it have nothing to do with your will to approve them or not. These files are normally called browser cache. Other people call them temporary internet folder.

Where are these files saved on your computer?

Each browser has its proper location on the hard drive to save these ‘cache’ files, and each one of them has the proper clearing way. You must take care of this situation because if you fail on it and cache files are cleaned out or cleared regularly and often, they can start to take a big amount of your computer hard drive. So, different browsers have different place to store and different way to clear the cache files. I will show you in this article the different methods, for the main web browsers that you can find now in the market.

Clear the cache or temporary internet files for Internet Explorer.

You must open a new browser in the first action to clear the cache or temporary internet  folder for  Internet Explorer, and then from the top menu, select ‘Tools’, continue to this click on ‘Internet Options’, that from the drop down menu is the last option. Once this new window opens, look for a button called ‘Delete Files’, click on it, then click the box called ‘Delete all offline content’, and last click Ok. Depending of the amount of files you are trying to clear, this will take a while to make the process because maybe there are a lot of files that you need to delete. When you finish, click ‘Ok’ and close the open window.

Clear the cache or temporary internet files for Opera.

First action to clear the cache or temporary internet files for Opera is to open the browser window and then from the top menu, select ‘Tools’, and from the drop down select ‘Preferences’. On the Preferences screen, to the left hand side, you must click on the label ‘History and Cache’. On a button that says ‘Empty now’, exactly to the right side of the window, click there to select this button. Now again, depending of the amount of files you are trying to clear, this will take a while to make the process because maybe there are a lot of files that you need to delete. When you finish, click ‘Ok’ and close the open window.


Clear the cache or temporary internet files for Firefox.

Cleaning Firefox’s cache is quite similar to other browsers. First, open a Firefox browser window; go to ‘Tools’ from the drop down menu, and click there. Select ‘Options’. Second, when the window has open, you must click on the icon labeled ‘Privacy’, located on the left. On the right hand of the new screen opened, you will have another button that states ‘Clear’, just to the right side of the word ‘Cache’. You must click here to clear the Firefox cache. And again, depending of the amount of files you are trying to clear, this will take a while to make the process because maybe there are a lot of files that you need to delete. When you finish, click ‘Ok’ and close the open window.

Clear the cache or temporary internet files for Chrome.

To clear the cache in Chrome is similar to the other browsers, but, of course, you need to know where start and what are you looking for. Your first step is to open the web browser and locate the button “Customize and control Google Chrome’, is an icon like a wrench, on the right hand side of the screen, click on that button. On the drop down menu that opens roll your mouse over ‘Tools’ and click on ‘Clear Browsing Data’. In the new tab that opens select ‘Empty the cache’ or leave the defaults selected and click on ‘Clear Browsing Data’ button. Depending of the amount of files you are trying to clear, this will take a while to make the process because maybe there are a lot of files that you need to delete. When you finish, click ‘Ok’ and close the open window.

I hope that this review points about the internet browser’s cache will be interesting and useful for you, but the only way I can know about that is if you take a moment and leave me any comment or opinion you may have.

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