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How to Clear the Cache on Popular Web Browsers


Intro: While using the Internet can be fun, it also involves a number of important tasks that even beginners should take care to complete. Clearing the browsing history is one of those tasks. What are the steps needed to clear your browsing history?

Beginning computer users have a lot to learn about using computers, computer software, and the Internet in general. In particular, beginners should understand the importance of clearing the Internet cache on their web browser in order to maintain good performance on their computers and protect their personal information.

As people use the Internet to visit websites and search for information using any popular browser, small traces of this Internet browsing is captured and stored. In essence, a brief history of all of a computer user's Internet activity or surfing is captured and stored for anyone who knows how to access the information to see. The information can include text, images, videos, maps, animation, and more.

It is important to delete these traces of Internet activity, partly because anyone using your computer can easily check your browsing history to see what you have been doing. This task can seem a bit daunting and complex for beginners, but if you follow the steps for the specific browser that you are using on your computer, you should be able to complete the task of clearing your browser cache in a matter of minutes depending upon how much information has previously been stored and whether or not you have inadvertently acquired any viruses, spyware, adware, or other forms of malware on your computer.

Browsing history is sometimes referred to as web tracks, since beginners and experienced computer users alike leave tiny traces of their browsing activity behind as they go from website to website. These web tracks include cookies, URLs, images, passwords, and web pages for each of the websites that have been visited. Typically, this information is stored in order to create speedier loading of the pages that you visit on the Internet. In many cases, this can be helpful to those computer users who frequently use the Internet for specific websites. However, for less frequently searched websites, it would be a good idea to simply delete the browsing history.

Just think of all of the information that you have typed into search bars, passwords you have provided, and everything else you have done using the Internet and your Web browser. Even if you haven't visited any sites that you shouldn't have, you should probably clear the information to keep your computer's performance at a higher level. If you are interested in removing traces of your internet activity, find the set of directions for your Web browser and use them to remove all signs of your Internet browsing.

How to Clear the Cache on Internet Explorer 7
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. Navigate to "Tools" at the top of the screen.
3. Select "Internet Options."
4. Select the "General" tab in the Internet Options dialog box.
5. Select "Delete" underneath the option for "Browsing History."
6. Select "Delete All" and "Yes" in response to whether or not you want to delete all.
7. Select "ok."

How to Clear the Cache on Internet Explorer 8
1) Open Internet Explorer on your computer.
2) Select "Internet Options."
3) Select the menu for "Safety." This should be located at the top of the screen.
4) Select the option, "Delete Browsing History."
5) Select the box next to each of the different data categories that you wish to delete including temporary Internet files, cookies, history, form data, and passwords.
6) Select the option "Preserve favorite websites data" if you want to save the data (files and cookies) from your most commonly visited websites.
7) Select the option, "Delete" to complete the task.
8) Exit the "Safety" menu.
9) Exit IE 8 to clear and temporary cookies from your current use of the Internet.

Internet Explorer 8 has three special features that were not previously included in IE7. They are InPrivate Subscription, InPrivate Browsing, and InPrivate Blocking. If you enable these options, IE8 does not save any browsing history, passwords, or cookies. Since your history is automatically cleared, you do not need to manually clear your browser.

How to Clear the Cache on Internet Explorer 9 for a Specific Website
1) Open Internet Explorer 9 on your computer.
2) Go to the specific website for which you wish to clear the browsing history.
3) Select the "F12" key on your keyboard or select the "Gear" settings and select the option, "F12 developer tools." In IE 9, the developer tools appear at the bottom of the screen for IE 9.
4) Select the menu for "Cache" and select the option "Clear browser cache for this domain."
5) Select "Yes" to confirm.
6) If you want to clear the cookies, select the option Clear cookies for this domain."
7) Select "Yes" to confirm.

How to Clear the Cache on Firefox 3 (Mac or Windows Users)
1) Open Firefox on your computer.
2) Select the option for "Tools" from the menu.
3) Select the option, "Clear Recent History."
4) Open the drop down menu for "Time range to clear," and select "Everything."
5) Select the box next to "Cache" to fill it in.
6) Select "Clear Now" to complete the task.

How to Clear the Cache on Safari 3 (Windows Users)
1) Open Safari on your computer.
2) Select "Empty Cache."
3) Select the option "Empty" to complete the task.

How to Clear the Cache on Safari 3 (Mac Users)
1) Open Safari on your computer.
2) Select "Edit" from the menu choices. If the edit menu is invisible to you, first select "Settings" and "Show menu bar."
3) Select "Empty Cache."
4) Select the option "Empty" to complete the task.

How to Clear the Cache on Opera 10 (Windows Users)
1) Open Opera 10 on your computer.
2) Select "Menu" from the left side corner of the screen.
3) Navigate to "Settings."
4) Select the option, "Delete Private Data."
5) Select the triangle next to "Detailed Options."
6) Remove the mark in front of all options except "Delete entire cache."
7) Select "Delete" to complete the task.

How to Clear the Cache on Opera 10 (Mac Users)
1) Open Opera 10 on your computer.
2) Select "Tools" from the menu.
3) Select the option, "Delete Private Data."
4) Select the triangle next to "Detailed Options."
5) Remove the mark in front of all options except "Delete entire cache."
6) Select "Delete" to complete the task.


 

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