How to clear your web browser's cache, cookies, and history 

Last updated January 12, 2018

In most computer-based web browsers, to open menus used to clear your cache, cookies, and history, press Ctrl-Shift-Delete (Windows) or Command-Shift-Delete (Mac). If this doesn't work, follow the appropriate instructions below.

If you don't see instructions below for your specific version or browser, search your browser's Help menu for "clear cache". If you're unsure what browser version you're using, from the Help menu or your browser's menu, select About [browser name]. In Internet Explorer and Firefox, if you don't see the menu bar, press Alt.

Note: Clearing your web browser's cache, cookies, and history may remove some data that you wish to keep.  

How to clear Google Chrome's cache, cookies, and history

 
1. In the browser bar, paste this: chrome://settings/clearBrowserData
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2. Select the following:
  • Time Range: "All time"
  • Browsing history
  • Cookies and other site data
  • Cached images and files

From the Time Range: drop-down menu, you can choose the period of time for which you want to clear cached information. To clear your entire cache, select the all time.

3. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

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How to clear Firefox's cache, cookies, and history

 
1. From the History menu, select Clear Recent History.

If the menu bar is hidden, press Alt to make it visible.

2. From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range; to clear your entire cache, select Everything. Next to "Details", click the down arrow to choose which elements of the history to clear; to clear your entire cache, select all items.

3. Click Clear Now.

4. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.
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How to clear Safari's cache, cookies, and history

 
1. From the Safari menu, select Clear History and Website Data....

2. Select the desired time range, and then click Clear History.

3. Go to Safari > Quit Safari or press Command-Q to exit the browser completely.
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How to clear Microsoft Edge's cache, cookies, and history

 
1. In the top right, click the Hub icon (looks like three horizontal lines).

2. Click the History icon, and then select Clear all history.

3. Select Browsing history, then Cookies and saved website data, and then Cached data and files. Click Clear.

4. After the "All Clear!" message appears, exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

How to clear Internet Explorer's cache, cookies, and history

 
1. Select Tools > Safety > Delete browsing history....

If the menu bar is hidden, press Alt to make it visible.

2. Deselect Preserve Favorites website data, and select:
  • Temporary Internet files or Temporary Internet files and website files
  • Cookies or Cookies and website data
  • History

3. Click Delete. You will see a confirmation at the bottom of the window when the process is complete.

4. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.