Your browser's cache is a collection of web pages, including the text, images, and most other media contained on them, that is stored on your hard drive.
Having a local copy of a web page makes for very quick loading on your next visit because your computer doesn't have to download from the Internet all of that same information again.
If browser caching makes pages load faster, why would you ever want to clear your cache? A few reasons come to mind.
Firstly, clearing your cache forces your browser to retrieve the newest copy available from the website, something that should happen automatically but sometimes does not.
Regardless of why you might want to do it, clearing your cache really easy to do in all the popular browsers in use today.
"How Do I Clear My Browser's Cache?"
In most browsers, you can clear the cache from History area in the Settings or Options menu.
The steps involved in clearing the browser cache depend entirely on what web browser you're using. Here some browser-specific tutorials:
How To Clear the Cache in Firefox
How To Clear the Cache in Internet Explorer
How To Clear the Cache in Chrome
How To Clear the Cache in Safari
- How To Clear the Cache in Opera
Note: Microsoft Internet Explorer often refers to the cache as temporary Internet files.
All browsers have cache management settings where, at a minimum, you can choose how much space you'd like the browser to use for cached website data.
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