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Clearing a Web Browser's Cache

This article describes how to clear the cache on a web browser. The web browsers covered in this article are Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari.

Benefits of clearing a web browser's cache

When using a web browser, files and web pages that you access are often stored, or "cached," to make pages load more quickly when it's accessed again in the future. This is a standard feature in all web browsers.

At times, changes to a website won't be seen automatically, as the web browser is accessing a previously cached version of the website, and not the most recent version.

A common way to address this issue is to clear a web browser's cache of temporary internet files. Clearing a web browser's cache does not damage any information stored in a browser such as bookmarks or your homepage. Instead, it simply makes the web browser think that you have not visited a webpage before. The next time you access a webpage after clearing your cache, the web browser will instead load and display the most recent version of the website, as it will have no previous versions stored.

Please note that whenever you clear your web browser's cache, it is a good idea to completely restart the web browser for this change to fully take effect.

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