How to clear your browser history and empty its cache

Problems browsing? Here’s how to clear your history and cache, and restart with a clean slate.

Are you having problems browsing the internet? You may have some nasties in your browser history and cache. Here’s how to clear them and restart with a clean slate.

Internet Explorer

  • With your browser open, go to Tools > Safety, then click ‘Delete browsing history’.
  • Select the data you want to remove. It’s best to check the boxes next to ‘Browsing history’, ‘Cached images or temporary internet files’, ‘Cookies’, ‘Download history’, ‘Saved form data’ and ‘Saved passwords’.
  • Click ‘Delete’.

 

Microsoft Edge

  • Click on the three lines at the top right-hand corner of your browser. This is called the ‘Hub’.
  • Go to ‘History’.
  • Select ‘Clear all history’ > ‘Show more’. From here you can choose the data you want to remove.
  • Select the same data types as above.
  • Click ‘Clear’.

 

Google Chrome

  • Click the Chrome menu on the top right-hand side of your browser or go to Chrome in top menu, then click ‘Preferences’.
  • Go to ‘History’ and click ‘Clear browsing data’.
  • A menu will appear that gives you the option for how much history you want to delete, from ‘the last hour’ to ‘the beginning of time’. If you want to clear your entire history, click ‘the beginning of time’.
  • Here you can also check the data you want to clear. I recommend that you select ‘Browsing history’, ‘Download history’, ‘Cookies’, and ‘Cached images and files’.
  • Once you’ve selected what you want to delete, click ‘Clear browsing data’.

Firefox

  • Go to the top menu and click ‘History’ > ‘Clear recent history’.
  • A menu will appear with options for the time range you wish to delete, as well as the type of data you wish to remove.
  • Check the boxes next to ‘Browsing & Download history’, ‘Cookies’, ‘Cache’ and ‘Active logins’.
  • Click ‘Clear Now’.

Safari

  • Click on ‘Safari’ at the top left-hand side of the browser.
  • Go to ‘Clear history and website data.
  • Select your desired time range to clear.
  • Click ‘Clear history’.
  • Quit Safari and once you reopen it, your cache will also be cleared.

There you have it. Your browser should now be free from nasties and unnecessary data that can bloat it and reduce its performance.

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    particolor
    15th Aug 2017
    7:12pm
    I've changed to OPERA Browser Because you cant watch Posted Videos on Twitter with Google It was very annoying !! and Uninformative :-(
    eggles01
    23rd Sep 2017
    7:59pm
    I go to 'CONTROL PANEL"THEN TO "INTERNET OPTIONS" THEN TO "DELETE BROWSING HISTORY AND COOKIES"
    particolor
    23rd Sep 2017
    8:08pm
    I've tried everything Known To Science And Still NOTHING in GOOGLE !! :-( :-( But OPERA works Fine !! Thanks :-)
    There are other Australian Browser Sites to and they work !! :-)
    particolor
    23rd Sep 2017
    8:11pm
    PS.. Be careful what you do in there Clearing Cache & Cookies !!
    You may lose things :-( :-(
    I've heard some Sites wont work without Cookies !!
    particolor
    23rd Sep 2017
    8:14pm
    Also... don't wipe out your Auto Password !! :-)

    11th Jan 2018
    2:29pm
    I use a program called CCleaner to do that. My browser is Firefox, but your instructions made no sense. Where is History? I can't find it.
    particolor
    11th Jan 2018
    9:09pm
    I cant find it either ?? But then ? Who are you talking too ??
    Hawkeye
    25th Jan 2018
    12:21pm
    Knows-a-lot, you have to enable the "Menu Bar" in order to see the menu items.

    At the top of the Firefox window you will see a + sign towards the left and a - sign towards the right.
    Right-click anywhere between the + and - signs and a pop-up menu will appear.
    Now click on "Menu Bar" in the pop-up and you will find an extra row appears at the top of the Firefox window containing menus for File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, Tools, and Help.
    Within these menu's you will find all manner of ways to either customise and improve Firefox to suit your taste, or to bugger it up completely, depending on your skill level.

    So now you knows-a-bit-more
    Anonymous
    9th Mar 2018
    2:57pm
    Thanks Hawkeye.


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