Note: This guide is for Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, not the new or old version of Microsoft Edge.
If you are looking for the guide for the new version of Microsoft Edge, please go to this article.
If you are looking for the guide for the old version of Microsoft Edge, please go to this article.
Why should I clear the cache of my browser?
Clearing the cache from Explorer can be beneficial for your computer. It can help:
- Protect your personal information
- Your browser run more efficiently for a better online experience
- With loading or formatting issues, may even load faster
- Prevent you from using old auto-fill on forms
- Pro-actively stop scam pop-ups from appearing
Whenever you visit a website, your browser stores a temporary cached version of that webpage. This enables your computer browser to efficiently bring up this website again in case you return to it. Cached files generally contain saved data for the website as well such as text size preference, language, layout, etc.
However, that same cached data can sometimes enable scam pop-ups to occur on your computer and no one wants to deal with that sort of scare. In this article, we’re going to show you how to easily clear the browser cache from Microsoft Explorer.
You can skip Steps 1-2 by pressing CTRL + Shift + DEL all at the same time. If you are having issues doing this, please proceed with step one.
1) With Internet Explorer open on your computer, click on the Gear icon in the top right of Internet Explorer.
2) Hover your mouse over Safety from the drop-down list, a new window should open up to the side, and select Delete browsing history...
3) Deselect Cookies and website data and History. Make sure Temporary Internet files and website files and Preserve Favorites website data are left checked. Click Delete
You can leave Cookies and website data or History checked if you would like to clear all the cookies that websites have left on your browser or websites you have visited.
4) That's it!