How to Empty the Cache

By Kristen Waters

The cache are files that web browsers use to speed up the loading of web pages. Each time you visit a web page, the web browser stores the page on your computer. When you return to that page, the web browser checks to see if the page has been changed. If it has not been changed, the browser loads the file that is on your computer. Clearing the cache clears up space on your computer. Also, if you are having problems with the way a page loads, emptying the cache may solve the problem.

Internet Explorer 8

Step 1

Open the Internet Explorer 8 program. It is found under the "Start" menu.

Step 2

Click the "Safety" menu on the right side of the tool bar.

Step 3

Choose the "Delete Browsing History" option.

Step 4

Uncheck the "Preserve Favorites website data" option.

Step 5

Check the rest of the options in the window.

Step 6

Click the "Delete" button.

Internet Explorer 7

Step 1

Open the Internet Explorer 7 program. It is found under the "Start" menu.

Step 2

Click the "Tools" menu that is found on the top tool bar.

Step 3

Click the "Delete Browsing History" option.

Step 4

Click the "Delete All" button.

Step 5

Click the "Close" button.

Firefox

Step 1

Open the Firefox program. It is found on the Desktop or under the "Start" menu.

Step 2

Click the "Tools" menu that is found on the top tool bar.

Step 3

Click the "Clear Recent History" option.

Step 4

Select "Everything" from the "Time Range to Clear" drop-down menu.

Step 5

Click the "Clear Now" button.

Safari

Step 1

Open the Safari program.

Step 2

Click the "Safari" menu.

Step 3

Choose the "Reset Safari" option.

Step 4

Select "Empty the Cache" and "Remove all cookies" options.

Step 5

Click the "Reset" button.