How to clear Internet Explorer browser cache

Internet Explorer (IE) 7.x (Windows):

  1. Under the Tools menu at the top of your browser, select Internet Options.
  2. Click the General tab.
  3. In the Browsing History section of the General tab, click the Delete button.
  4. Under Temporary Internet Files, select the “Delete Files…” button.
  5. A dialog box will appear that says, “Are you sure you want to delete all temporary Internet Explorer files?” Click the Yes button.
  6. In the History section of the General tab, click the Clear History button. A dialog box will appear that says, “Are you sure you want Windows to delete your history of visited Web sites?”?
  7. Click the YES button.
  8. Click close to leave the Browsing History section.
  9. Click OK to leave Internet Options.
  10. Click the Refresh button at the top of the browser

Internet Explorer (IE) 6.x (Windows):

  1. Under the Tools menu at the top of your browser, select Internet Options.
  2. Click the General tab.
  3. In the Temporary Internet files section of the General tab, click the Delete files button.
  4. A dialog box will appear that says, “Delete all files in the Temporary Internet Files folder?”? Click the OK button.
  5. In the History section of the General tab, click the Clear History button. A dialog box will appear that says, “Are you sure you want Windows to delete your history of visited Web sites?”?
  6. Click the YES button.
  7. Click OK to leave Internet Options.
  8. Click the Refresh button at the top of the browser

Internet Explorer (IE) 5.x (Windows):

  1. From the Tools drop-down menu at the top of the browser, select Internet Options.
  2. Click the General tab at the top of the Internet Options dialog box.
  3. In the Temporary Internet files section of the General tab, click the Delete files button.
  4. A dialog box will appear that says, “Delete all files in the Temporary Internet Files folder?”? Click the OK button.
  5. In the History section of the General tab, click the Clear History button.
  6. A dialog box will appear that says, “Delete all files from your History folder?”? Click the OK button.
  7. Click OK to leave Internet Options.
  8. Click the Refresh button at the top of the browser. (This button is to the right of the Stop button.)

Tip: If you have stored web pages for offline viewing, check “Delete all offline content”?

Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 4.x and 5.x (Mac):

  1. From the Edit menu, choose Preferences.
  2. Click the arrow next to Web Browser to expand the menu, then choose Advanced.
  3. In the Cache section of the window, click Empty Now.
  4. Click OK to leave Preferences.

Internet Explorer (IE) 4.x (Windows):

  1. From the View drop-down menu at the top of the browser, select Internet Options.
  2. Click the General tab at the top of the Internet Options dialog box.
    In the Temporary Internet files section of the General tab, click the Delete files button.
  3. A dialog box will appear that says, “Delete all files in the Temporary Internet Files folder?”? Click the OK button.
  4. In the History section of the General tab, click the Clear History button.
  5. A dialog box will appear that says, “Delete all files from your History folder?”? Click the Yes button.
  6. Click OK to leave Internet Options.
  7. Click the Refresh button at the top of the browser. (This button is to the right of the Stop button.)

Tip: If you have Explorer 4.x Active Channel subscriptions, check “Delete all subscription content”? to delete cached channel content as well.

Internet Explorer (IE) 3.x:

  1. Select “View > Options”? from the main menu
  2. Change to the “Advanced”? tab
  3. Click on “Settings”? button
  4. Click on “Empty Folder”

Tip: If you’re running out of hard disk space, you could reduce percent of disk space used by Explorer 3.x for its cache by sliding the “Amount of disk space to use”? guage.

Tip: Although it’s not required by all browsers, it is a good idea to restart your browser after clearing the cache. If you’re using Internet Explorer it’s sometimes better to restart your computer as well.

 

How to clear America Online (AOL) web browser cache

America Online (AOL) 9.x:

  1. Click Settings on the AOL toolbar. Then select Index on the Settings page and click ‘Internet [Web] Options’? under ‘I’? in the alphabetized list.
  2. Click the General tab at the top of the Internet Properties dialog box if it is not already selected.
  3. In the Temporary Internet files section, click the Delete Files button. A dialog box will appear that says, ‘Delete all files in the Temporary Internet files’. Click the OK button.
  4. In the History section, click the Clear History button. A dialog box will appear that asks, ‘Are you sure you want Windows to delete your history of visited Web sites?’ Click Yes.
  5. Click OK to leave the AOL Internet Properties dialog box.
  6. Close the Settings window.
  7. Exit and restart America Online.

America Online (AOL) 7.x and 8.x:

  1. Click Settings on the AOL toolbar. Then select Preferences.
  2. Select Toolbar & Sound:
  3. Click Clear History Trail Now. A dialog box will appear asking: ‘This will delete all of the areas you have visited. Do you want to continue?’ Click Yes. Click Save.
  4. Select Internet Properties (WWW):.
  5. Click the General tab at the top of the Internet Properties dialog box if it is not already selected.
  6. In the Temporary Internet files section, click the Delete Files button. A dialog box will appear that says, ‘Delete all files in the Temporary Internet Files’. Click the OK button.
  7. In the History section, click the Clear History button. A dialog box will appear that asks, ‘Are you sure you want Windows to delete your history of visited Web sites?’ Click Yes.
  8. Click OK to leave the AOL Internet Properties dialog box.
  9. Close the Preferences window.
  10. Exit and restart America Online.

America Online (AOL) 6.x:

  1. In the Settings menu, select Preferences. (This may be in a drop-down menu or it may be a button at the top of the browser.)
  2. In the Organization column, click Internet Properties (WWW).
  3. Under the Temporary Internet Files section, click Delete Files.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Exit and restart America Online.

America Online (AOL) 5.x:

  1. Under the My AOL menu, select Preferences.
  2. Click the Toolbar icon.
  3. Click Clear History Now. A dialog box will appear asking: ‘This will delete all of the areas you have visited. Do you want to continue?’ Click Yes.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Click the WWW icon.
  6. Click the General tab at the top of the AOL Internet Properties dialog box if it is not already selected.
  7. In the Temporary Internet files section, click the Delete Files button. A dialog box will appear that says, ‘Delete all files in the Temporary Internet Files’. Click OK.
  8. In the History section, click the Clear History button. A dialog box will appear that asks, ‘Are you sure you want Windows to delete your history of visited Web sites?’ Click Yes.
  9. Click OK to leave the AOL Internet Properties dialog box.
  10. Close the Preferences window.
  11. Exit and restart America Online.

America Online (AOL) 4.x:

  1. Select ‘My AOL | Preferences’ from the main menu
  2. Click on the ‘WWW’ button
  3. Change to the ‘General’ tab
  4. Click on ‘Delete Files’ button

Tip: If you have Explorer 4.x Active Channel subscriptions, check ‘Delete all subscription content’ to delete cached channel content as well. If you have stored web pages for offline viewing, check ‘Delete all offline content’?

America Online (AOL) 3.x with Internet Explorer 3.x:

  1. Select ‘Members | Preferences’ from the main menu
  2. Click on the ‘WWW’ button
  3. Click on ‘Advanced’
  4. Click on ‘Purge Cache’ to clear the cache

Tip: Be sure to check ‘Cache web pages and graphics locally’ (which should be enabled by default) to speedup surfing.

Tip: Although it’s not required by all browsers, it is a good idea to restart your browser after clearing the cache. If you’re using Internet Explorer it’s sometimes better to restart your computer as well.

 

How to clear Netscape web browser cache

Netscape 6.x and 7.x (Windows, Mac):

  1. From the Edit drop-down menu at the top of the browser, select Preferences.
  2. A thread-hierarchy appears on the left of the Preferences dialog box. Click on the arrow to the left of Advanced.
  3. Under the expanded Advanced portion of the hierarchy is Cache. Click the word Cache. This will change the right side of the Preferences dialog box.
  4. Click the Clear Memory Cache button on the right of the Preferences dialog box.
  5. Click the Clear Disk Cache button on the right of the Preferences dialog box.
  6. Click OK to leave Preferences.
  7. Click the Reload button at the top of your browser. (This button is to the right of the Forward button.)

Netscape 4.x (Windows):

  1. Select ‘Edit > Preferences’ from the main menu.
  2. Select ‘Advanced > Cache’ from the panel on the left.
  3. Click the Clear Memory Cache button on the right of the Preferences dialog box.
  4. A dialog box will appear that says, ‘This will remove all the files currently in your memory cache. Continue?’ Click the OK button.
  5. Click the Clear Disk Cache button on the right of the Preferences dialog box.
  6. A dialog box will appear that says, ‘This will remove all the files in your disk cache. Continue?’ Click the OK button.
  7. Click OK until you leave Preferences.
  8. Click the Reload button at the top of your browser. (This button is to the right of the Forward button.)

Tip: Navigator 3.x and Communicator 4.x users: If you’re often having to reload frequently updated pages, you may want to take this chance to set ‘Verify Documents’ option to ‘Every Time.’ This will make the browser retreive the latest copy of a web page even if it’s in the cache.

Netscape 4.x (Mac):

  1. From the Edit drop-down menu at the top of the browser, select Preferences.
  2. A thread-hierarchy appears on the left of the Preferences dialog box. Click to the left of the word Advanced to expand it.
  3. The first item under the expanded Advanced portion is Cache. Click the word Cache. This will change the right of the Preferences dialog box.
  4. Click the Clear Disk Cache button on the right of the Preferences dialog box.
  5. A dialog box will appear that says, ‘This will remove all the files in your disk cache. Continue?’ Click the OK button.
  6. Click OK until you leave Preferences.
  7. Click the Reload button at the top of your browser. (This button is to the right of the Forward button.)

Netscape Navigator 3.x:

  1. Select ‘Options > Network Preferences’ from the main menu.
  2. Change to the ‘Cache’ tab.
  3. Click on ‘Clear Memory Cache Now’ and ‘Clear Disk Cache Now’ buttons to clear memory and disk cache.

Tip: Although it’s not required by all browsers, it is a good idea to restart your browser after clearing the cache.