Clearing Cache Walkthrough

A step by step walk-through to clearing the cache on your browser in as plain English as I can. Some technical jargon is used which I will list so you can remember you learned something 🙂

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  • Identify which browser you are using A) Internet Explorer (the default browser with most computers) B) Google’s Chrome (secondary browser available on some computers and smartphones) and C) Mozilla’s Firefox. There are others available but these seem to be the ones most people use. Their icons (or clickable pictures) as they appear on your screen before you open anything (or start any programme) are as above. Now, I’ll walk through the steps one by one starting with Internet Explorer then Chrome and finishing with Firefox
  • Now, you are already in your chosen browser if you are reading this so have a look at the pictures at the top of each sections below to find the walk through that is the one you need. (If it is not any of the ones I have listed here then don’t worry, chances are one of the images will look similar and if you can manage to set up a new browser programme to surf the internet other than the ones provided with your computer then you might not need to be reading this). Follow any text that appears on each image for additional help but I explain what to do after each image also.

Internet Explorer.

  • with the drop down menu selected from the toolbox icon and highlighting your next move, you can see the next drop down menu available from where you want to be

    with the drop down menu selected from the toolbox icon and highlighting your next move, you can see the next drop down menu available from where you want to be

    with your mouse, move the cursor (or pointer, the arrow that moves when you move your mouse to point to things or select things) to the icon on your browser’s border that looks like a cogwheel. If you can’t see it, don’t worry, press the button on your keyboard marked ctrl and whilst holding that use the left button on your mouse to click on the image above to have a closer look. (this opens the image in a second “tab” so don’t be worried when you see things changing at the top of your browser screen. When you are ready to view it take your mouser to the top of your browser and click on the new “tab” it should look like those dividers you get for filing cabinets and will be labelled with the name of the picture. When you are done you can close that tab by clicking the ‘x’ symbol on it which appears when you move your mouse over the right hand side of each tab’s label or you can leave it open and just click the tab for THIS page when you are done to see the rest of the walkthrough.

  • Now you have found the toolbox, click it to open the drop down menu, move your mouse pointer thingy down to where it says “safety” to open the next drop down menu and from there, select “Delete Browsing History” you can’t miss it, it’s the first one on the list. Another picture coming right up 🙂
  • Now you should have this image on your desktop, floating in front of your open "window" or the browser screen. Check the boxes that are checked on this picture and then click the button that says "delete"

    Now you should have this image on your desktop, floating in front of your open “window” or the browser screen. Check the boxes that are checked on this picture and then click the button that says “delete”

    How easy was that? Now when you hit delete the floating window disappears and leaves you with your open browser. Not finished yet. Do NOT close the browser or go back to what you were doing until you see this next image below.

  • Job done.

    Job done.

    When you see this pop up on the bottom of your browser window you can safely hit the ‘x’ button on it and go back to what you were working on.

Google’s Chrome

  • I am going to be repeating most of what I said for the Internet Explorer browser
  • Chrome's toolbox and subsequent drop down menus. the one we want is highlighted and its own drop down menu displayed

    Chrome’s toolbox and subsequent drop down menus. the one we want is highlighted and its own drop down menu displayed

    with your mouse, move the cursor (or pointer, the arrow that moves when you move your mouse to point to things or select things) to the icon on your browser’s border that looks like a ­­­group of three horizontal lines . If you can’t see it, don’t worry, press the button on your keyboard marked ctrl and whilst holding that use the left button on your mouse to click on the image above to have a closer look. (this opens the image in a second “tab” so don’t be worried when you see things changing at the top of your browser screen. When you are ready to view it take your mouser to the top of your browser and click on the new “tab” it should look like those dividers you get for filing cabinets and will be labelled with the name of the picture. When you are done you can close that tab by clicking the ‘x’ symbol on it which appears when you move your mouse over the right hand side of each tab’s label or you can leave it open and just click the tab for THIS page when you are done to see the rest of the walkthrough.

  • Now you have found the toolbox, click it to open the drop down menu, move your mouse pointer thingy down to where it says “Tools” to open the next drop down menu and from there, select “Clear browsing data” . Another picture coming right up 🙂
  • Black arrow = this is what tabs look like red arrow = where you take an action

    Black arrow = this is what tabs look like
    red arrow = where you take an action

    Check the boxes that are checked on this image, where the first RED arrow is there is a drop down menu you can access to select how far back your browser is cleaned. This is probably the first time you have done this so select the longest time period. Next time you do this, which should be at least monthly, check the 4 weeks option, or lower if you do this again in a shorter period of time. Once you have done that, move your mouse pointer to the where the second RED arrow points and select the “Clear Browsing Data” button, not the other one that says “cancel”

  • This is not as clear as for Internet Explorer but as it works your cursor will be showing  an action in progress symbol with it, either  a rotating egg timer icon or a circle which appears to swirl. When it is done the box will disappear and you will be left on the settings page for your browser and can safely close that tab down.

Mozilla’s Firefox

  • this shot is perhaps not as clear as it could be, read further for clearer explaining of the image

    this shot is perhaps not as clear as it could be, read further for clearer explaining of the image

    So this time move the pointer to were it says “Tools” click and get the drop down menu as it appears in this shot and you will see that “Clear Recent History” is highlighted in blue on this shot. Click this menu option.

  • first arrow = first action to do, second arrow is the second one to do

    first arrow = first action to do, second arrow is the second one to do

    You probably have never cleared the cache before so on this new box, where the first arrow is pointing up to, click the drop down menu and select “Everything” then make sure the items are checked on the left as shown in this picture then where the arrow points down, click the “clear now” button. No big bells and whistles for this one, it just does it quietly and doesn’t tell you when its done but you can safely continue whatever else it was you were doing in the knowledge that once it has done its job in the background out of prying eyes then your browser will work a little bit faster and more smoothly, at least that’s the theory, I have not used Firefox for many months.

Enjoy a slightly faster and slightly smoother browser experience 😀

The Jargon List

  • Browser : this is the programme you are using to access the interwebz
  • Mouse: the piece of hardware you use with your right hand usually to move around the pointer on your screen
  • Cursor/Pointer/mouse pointer thingy: the image of an arrow that moves around on your screen when you move the Mouse (see above)
  • CTRL button : you didn’t know what this button on your keyboard did and now you do, it allows you to access functions of your keyboard or mouse such as when used in conjunction with the mouse to open a new “tab”. also known as the control button and often used in terms such as ctrl+click which is the action of holding CTRL down whilst clicking the left mouse button .
  • Tab : a new window in your browser (see above) that opens up along the top edge of the browser and looks like the little tabs on file dividers as you might see in a real life filing cabinet or if you have never seen one then the cardboard bits that actors shuffle through in prop filing cabinets on procedural television programmes such as CSI
  • Window : the discreet page of information you are viewing. Named after the Windows operating system from Microsoft. These are the pages that you view and use to interact with programmes. you may have them neatly piled on top of one another, neatly placed side by side, or, like me, here there and everywhere. All the windows you have “open” or in use are displayed along the toolbar at the bottom of your monitor’s screen
  • Toolbar : the bit at the bottom of your screen and also the rows of icons found on browser windows and programme windows with which you can select actions.
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2 Responses to Clearing Cache Walkthrough

  1. Anonymous says:

    Took me a bit to find it, but I DID! Many thanks!

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