Occasionally you may be trying to view something that you have updated on a Web page, but the change isn’t reflecting in what you are seeing. Sometimes this happens because the change wasn’t implemented properly but, other times, it’s because the cache in the browser isn’t updating.
Internet Explorer 11, like many other popular Web browsers, caches some of the files for the websites that you visit. This helps those sites load faster on your computer. Unfortunately, in rare instances like the one above, this can cause some issues. Fortunately you can clear the cache in Internet Explorer by following the steps in our guide below.
How to Clear Browser Cache in Internet Explorer 11
The steps in this article were performed in the Internet Explorer 11 version that is part of Windows 10, but these steps will also work in most other versions of Internet Explorer as well.
The first part of this section provides a quick overview of how to clear your cache. For additional information you can continue scrolling and see the full tutorial with images, or you can click this link to jump to that section.
- Internet Explorer 11
- Open Internet Explorer 11.
- Click the gear icon at the top-right of the window.
- Select the Safety option, then choose the Delete browsing history option.
- Check the box to the left of Temporary Internet files and website files.
- Check the box to the left of Cookies and website data.
- Click the Delete button.
You will get a notification at the bottom of the Internet Explorer 11 window when the task is complete to let you know that the files have been deleted.
We specify two of the options on the Delete browsing History window because they are the ones that you need to clear the cache. However, you can also elect to check any of the other options on that menu if you want to delete those items from the browser as well.
You can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Delete to open the Delete Browsing History window directly.
By clearing your cache in this manner you are going to sign yourself out of the accounts of most of the sites that you visit.
Full Guide – How to Clear Cache in Internet Explorer 11
Step 1: Open Internet Explorer 11.
Step 2: Click the gear icon at the top-right of the window.
Step 3: Select the Safety option, then choose the Delete browsing history option.
Step 4: Check the boxes to the left of Temporary Internet files and website data and Cookies and website data, uncheck everything else, then click the Delete button.
You will get a notification at the bottom of the browser window when the task is completed that says Internet Explorer has finished deleting the selected browser history.
As we mentioned in this article’s introduction, most of the other browsers you use will let you do this. You can even delete website data from Safari on your iPhone if you would like to remover the files that have been saved on your mobile phone’s browser.
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