How to Clear Your Cache in Firefox

By Techwalla Contributor

How to Clear Your Cache in Firefox. The more time you spend online, the bigger your cache will get. Each time you visit a Web site, Firefox captures data from that page and stores for the next time you visit that Web site. Instead of allowing your browser to use up a great deal of memory, you can clear your cache periodically in Firefox.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access

Clear Your Cache in Firefox

Step 1

Open the Firefox browser and navigate to the Tools menu (for Windows users) or the Firefox menu (for Mac users).

Step 2

View the drop down menu display and choose Options (for Windows) or Preferences (for Macs). A new dialog box will appear.

Step 3

Click the Privacy icon to get to the cache options. Click the 'clear your recent history' link.

Step 4

Check the "Cache" checkbox and uncheck all others.

Step 5

Click the "Clear Now" button to clear your cache.

Tips & Warnings

  • Acquire the latest version of Firefox at the download page of the Mozilla Web site (see Resources below).
  • Ensure that your computer fulfills the minimum system requirements for a Firefox download. Mac users should have a 233 Mhz processor, 64 MB of RAM, 50 MB of free disk and Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. Windows owners will need at least 64 MB of RAM, 50 MB of free disk space, a 233 Mhz processor and Windows 98 or higher. Linux users need the Linux kernel 2.2.14, 64 MB of RAM, a 233 Mhz processor and 50 MB of free disk space.
  • Obtain detailed information about how to use all the capabilities of the Firefox browser in the support section of the Mozilla Web site (see Resources below).
  • With forged site detection and warning messages for encoded sites, Firefox has plenty of weapons to fight online intruders.
  • These directions were written for Firefox version 2.0.0.2, and not earlier versions. The steps may vary for previous versions.