How do I clear my web browser's cache?

Each time you access a file through your web browser, the browser caches it (stores it). In this way, the files (including any images on the page) do not have to be retrieved anew from the remote web site each time you click the Back or Forward buttons. You should clear the cache if you expect to see changes on a website.

Internet Explorer 8

  1. From the Tools menu, select Delete Browsing History....
  2. Next to "Temporary Internet Files", click Delete files....
  3. Click Yes, and then click Close to exit.

I don't see those options.

  1. From the Tools dropdown, select Internet Options.
  2. Under the General tab, locate "Browser history" and click Delete....
  3. Check the box next to "Temporary Internet Files".
  4. Click Delete, and then click OK to exit.

Firefox 3 for Windows and Mac OS X

  1. In Firefox, from the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History....
  2. Choose Everything from the drop-down and make sure Cache is checked, and then click Clear Now.


  1. From the Safari menu, select Empty Cache....
  2. When prompted, click Empty to confirm that you want to empty the cache.


  1. Click the wrench icon on the right side next to the address bar, then click on Options... Clear Browsing Data....
  2. When prompted, select only Cache and click Clear Browsing Data to finish.

Article Comments

wow!!! marvelous

Can you help me I need to go "Clear Recent History as I have to delete remembered passwords
The recent history Tab in tools of Mozilla Firefox is not lit up and does not work ofcourse any help would be appreciated.
Thanks Anne

Sounds like you have no history to clear.

Saved passwords are not part of your history. Instead, you need to click Tools > Options > Security tab > Saved Passwords ... > Remove All.

Thank you for your nice quick answer Now I need to know how to clear my cache as the Recenty history is still greyed out You were right I had no history.
Is there another way to clear the cache I have unticked my saving passwords so that is ok now
It is the cache that I think is not letting the Ajax/java /browser creating a chache issue I am told I need to fix it
How ?

Regards with thanks

If the Clear Recent History option is grayed out, then you likely have nothing in your browser cache.

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