Clear the Browser Cache - Web Center

Web browsers store copies of pages in the browser cache ("memory") on your computer. By doing this, the page displays faster the next time it is viewed since the browser doesn't have to retrieve it from the web server. Sometimes, however, an update is made on the website that you don't see because the cached page is displayed.

Normally, to see the changes on your page, you click the Refresh or Reload button on the browser toolbar or the F5 key on your keyboard. In some cases, this simply reloads the page from the cache instead of retrieving it from the web server.

Clearing (deleting) the browser cache can help improve performance and free disk space.

Below are some techniques to clear the browser's cache so you will see the changes when your page reloads. Refer to your browser's help documentation for assistance.

Firefox for Windows

Website: www.mozilla.org/firefox.

  • Press the F5 key on the keyboard on the page/file that needs refreshing
    or
  • Select the Reload button on the browser toolbar on the page/file that needs refreshing
    or
  • Hold down Shift and select the Reload button on the browser toolbar on the page/file that needs refreshing
    or
  • Hold down Ctrl and press the F5 key on the keyboard on the page/file that needs refreshing
    or
  • Using the Firefox Web Developer Extension (browser add-on), select Miscellaneous and then Clear Cache
    or
  • For Serious Clearing, depending on the browser version you are using: From the browser menu, do one of these:
    • select Tools > Options > Advanced > Network, and then select the Clear Now button in the Offline Storage section. Then, close and restart the browser.
      or
    • select Tools > Options > Privacy > Cache, and then select Clear. Then, close and restart the browser.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows

Website: www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/.

  • Press the F5 key on the keyboard on the page/file that needs refreshing
    or
  • Select the Refresh button on the browser toolbar on the page/file that needs refreshing
    or
  • Hold down Shift and select the Refresh button on the browser toolbar on the page/file that needs refreshing
    or
  • Hold down Ctrl and press the F5 key on the keyboard on the page/file that needs refreshing
    or
  • For Serious Clearing, depending on the browser version you are using: From the browser menu, do one of these:
    • select Tools > Internet Options> Temporary Files, and then select Delete Temporary Files. Then, close and restart the browser.
      or
    • select Page > Safety > Delete Browing History, then select the checkbox for each category of history you want to delete, and then select the Delete button. Then, close and restart the browser.
      or
    • select Page > Delete Browsing History, then select the Delete files… button to remove Temporary Internet Files. You may also want to delete the other types of browsing history. Then, close and restart the browser.

Opera for Windows

Website: www.opera.com.

  • Press the F5 key on the keyboard on the page/file that needs refreshing
    or
  • Select the Reload button on the browser toolbar on the page/file that needs refreshing
    or
  • Hold down Shift and select the Reload button on the browser toolbar on the page/file that needs refreshing
    or
  • Hold down Ctrl and press the F5 key on the keyboard on the page/file that needs refreshing
    or
  • For Serious Clearing: From the browser menu, select Tools > Delete Private Data, view the "Detailed Options" list and choose the desired options, then select the Delete button. Then, close and restart the browser.

Safari for Windows

Website: www.apple.com/safari/.

  • Press Ctrl-R on the page/file that needs refreshing
    or
  • Select the Reload button on the browser toolbar on the page/file that needs refreshing
    or
  • For Serious Clearing: Press Ctrl-Alt-E, and then select Empty. Then, close and restart the browser.

Discontinued Browsers

Support and development for these browsers has ended. Continuing to use an outdated browser leaves your computer open to viruses and attacks from malicious web pages. Please consider installing Firefox or another current browser.

Set Your Browser to Not Cache

Each browser may have a way of stopping or minimizing the caching of web pages. Using this technique will definitely slow down your web page viewing, and it isn't a perfect solution because some caching may still occur, but it does help. Check your Internet browser's help files for the specifics on how to turn off the cache feature.