Refreshing your computer’s memory (clearing cache)

Hello seniors! When you use your computer (laptop or desktop) to browse the internet, send emails and look at pictures, you are depleting the temporary memory sometimes referred to as cache. A website may even tell you to ‘clear your cache’ before proceeding if the page doesn’t load properly. It’s an easy thing to do, just follow these instructions. You can’t break your computer by clearing cache, you can only refresh the tools.

If you don’t know which browser you are using, it’s time to pay attention! What did you click on to open this page?

Firefox 3.5 for Windows

  1. Choose “Clear Recent History” from the “Tools” menu
  2. Select “Details”
  3. Ensure that the “Cache” option is checked and select the “Clear Now” button
  4. Close window

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 for Windows

  1. Choose “Internet Options” from the “Tools” menu
  2. Select the “General” tab
  3. From the “Browsing history” section, select “Delete” button
  4. From the “Temporary Internet files” section, select “Delete files” button
  5. Deleting cached files may take a while. When the browser is done, select “OK”

Firefox 2.x for MacOS

  1. Choose “Preferences” from the “Firefox” menu
  2. Select “Privacy” icon from the menu
  3. From the “Private Data” section, select the “Clear Now” button
  4. Ensure that the “Cache” option is checked and select “Clear Private Data Now” button
  5. Select “OK” to close the window

Apple Safari 2.0 or later for MacOS

  1. Choose “Empty Cache” from the Safari menu

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