When you visit websites on the internet, you're downloading from that website many different files. For example, not only will you download the html code for the page, but you may download javascript and CSS files, and you may also download media files such as jpg or gif images. Your computer saves a copy of these files so that if they're needed again, your computer and load them instantaneously instead of having to download them again from the web. This downloading and storing of files is referred to as caching, and can speed up website loading speeds for sites you visit often.

The problem we see many times however is that if you're editing a website and you make changes, you're not going to see those changes right away until your browser's cache clears. For example, if you update a CSS file to change the font-size of some text, if your browser loads the cached version of the CSS file, you won't see the changes. You need a way to tell your computer not to use the version of that CSS file it downloaded previously, and to instead download a fresh copy of it. Sometimes you can hit the refresh button in your browser to download all the files from the website and not use cache, but if that does not work you can clear all of your browser's cache.

Below we have listed the basic steps to clear your browser's cache in several of the more common web browsers. If you're not sure which browser version you're using, in most browsers click "Help" in the top toolbar, and then click "About".

If after following these steps your caching issue is not resolved, you may want to read more about clearing your local dns cache.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 9

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  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Tools in the left menu bar (if opened) or click on the Gear icon in the right toolbar.
  3. Click Internet Options and choose the General tab.
  4. Click the Delete... button under the "Browsing History" section.
  5. Make sure you uncheck "Preserve Favorites Website Data" at the top of this window.
  6. Make sure you check all options below "Preserve Favorites Website Data".
  7. Click the Delete button.
  8. Click OK to close window.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 8

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  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Tools in the left menu bar (if opened) or click on Tools in the lower right menu bar.
  3. Click Internet Options and choose the General tab.
  4. Click the Delete... button under the "Browsing History" section.
  5. Make sure you uncheck "Preserve Favorites Website Data" at the top of this window.
  6. Make sure you check all options below "Preserve Favorites Website Data".
  7. Click the Delete button.
  8. Click OK to close window.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 7

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  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Tools in the upper toolbar or click on the Tools icon.
  3. Click Internet Options to open Internet Properties.
  4. Click the General tab
  5. Click Delete under "Browsing History".
  6. Click Delete Files under "Temporary Internet Files".
  7. Click Yes on the Delete Files dialog box.
  8. Click Close and then OK.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 6

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  1. From the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
  2. On the General tab, in the Temporary Internet Files section, click Delete Files.
  3. In the Delete Files dialog box, click OK.

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Firefox

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  1. From the top toolbar, click "Tools" and then click "Clear Recent History"
  2. Set "Time range to clear" to "Everything"
  3. Under "Details", ensure only "Cache" is selected and then click "Clear Now"

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Safari 4.0 and up

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  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click Tools in the left menu bar (if opened) or click on the Gear icon in the right toolbar.
  3. Select Reset Safari from the drop-down.
  4. Choose what history and other elements to clear.
  5. Click the Reset button.
  6. Exit and re-launch the browser.

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Opera

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  1. In Opera, click the Tools menu. If you don't see the menu bar, click the "Opera" tab in the upper left of the browser and click "Show Menu Bar"
  2. Click Preferences.
  3. Select the Advanced tab.
  4. Click History.
  5. In the "Disk cache" section, click Empty Now.
  6. Click OK to close the Preferences window.

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Chrome

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  1. Click the 3 stripe icon at the top-right on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Tools.
  3. Select Clear browsing data.
  4. You can also hit Ctrl-Shift-Delete on your keyboard to end up at this same section.

  5. In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the types of information that you want to remove.
  6. Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Select beginning of time to delete everything.
  7. Click Clear browsing data.
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