Clear your browser cache

When you use a web browser (Internet Explorer, Opera etc) and view web pages these files are automatically saved on your computer. These are known as browser cache or temporary internet files.

Each browser users a different location on your computer to save its ‘cache’, and each browser has its own way of clearing this cache. If these aren’t cleaned out regularly they can consume a large amount of space on your computer!

Below we show you a step by step method for cleaning browsers, Internet Explorer, Opera and Firefox.

Internet Explorer

The first step in clearing the cache/temporary internet files for Internet Explorer is to open a browser window, and select ‘Tools’ from the top menu and then select ‘Internet Options’ (last item).

Once this window loads up, we are looking for the ‘Delete Files’ button. Click this button then tick the box ‘Delete all offline content’, then click Ok. This can take a while to process if there is a lot of files to delete. Once done, click ‘Ok’ and close the control panel window.


To clean the cache in Opera open the browser then select ‘Tools’ from the top menu, and go down to ‘Preferences’. On the left hand side of the preferences screen, click the label ‘History and Cache’. On the right side of the window you will have a button that says ‘Empty now’, select this button. If you have a lot of files in the cache this can take a while to process. Once done, click ‘Ok’ then close the browser window.


Cleaning Firefox’s cache is similar to the other browsers. First, open a Firefox browser window, and click ‘Tools’ from the top menu. Then go down to Options’. When the window has opened click on the Privacy icon (on the left). On the right hand screen, you will have a button down the bottom that says ‘Clear’, which is to the right of the word ‘Cache’. Click this button to clear the Firefox cache. Once done, click Ok and close the browser window.

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