How to Clear Cache & Force Refresh Your Browser?

What is browser cache?


In order to speed up web browsing, web browsers are designed to download web pages and store them locally on your computer’s hard drive in an area called “cache”. Browser cache (also know as Internet cache) contains records of every item you have viewed or downloaded while Internet surfing. So when you visit the same page for a second time, the browser speeds up display time by loading the page locally from cache instead of downloading everything again.

Although storing Internet cache makes web browser faster as it usually takes your computer less time to display a web page when it can open page’s elements or even the entire page from your local Temporary Internet Files folder, You sometimes want to overrule the Internet cache, for Example to see changes you made to a webpage you just uploaded. On Refreshyourcache you can find tutorials on how to refresh the cache from your browser.

 

Clearing Cache Memory


To ensure you see the latest version of a site you need to clear the cache memory. This is done by doing a force refresh by pressing both control and F5 buttons simultaneously on your keyboard (depending on your browser). Most times a simple force cache refresh won’t work and you need to clear the cache by hand.

 

Force Refresh


Windows: ctrl + F5
Mac/Apple: Apple + R or command + R
Linux: F5

 

Clear Cache Manually


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Google Chrome :

1.Click on settings in the menu.
2.Click on History in the menu on the left.
3.Click on Clear browsing data…
4.Select Empty the cache from the list.
5.Click on Clear browsing data on the bottom. Your browser cache is now empty.

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Firefox :
1.Click on Options ( Preferences on Firefox Mac ) in the menu.
2.Click on Advanced
3.Click on the Network tab.
4.Click on Clear Now in the Cached Web Content section.

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Safari

Mac :
1.In the Safari menu bar, click the Safari option.
2.Select the Preferences link.
3.In the Preferences window, click the Advanced tab.
4.At the bottom of the window, select the Show Develop menu in menu bar checkbox.
5.Return to the Safari menu bar and click the Develop option.
6.Select the Empty Caches link.

PC:
1.Click on the ALT-key, when the menu bar on top of the screen isn’t visible.
2.Click on Edit in the menubar.
3.Click on Empty Cache…
4.Click on Empty in the pop-up box.

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Opera

Mac:
Select Tools from the menu.
Click on Delete private data.
Select Delete entire cache from the list.
Click on Delete

PC:
Click on Opera in the top left corner
Click on Settings
Click on Delete Private Data…
Select Delete entire cache from the list.
Click on Delete

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