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(Information on this page has been borrowed from Indiana University’s UITS Knowledge-Base: https://kb.iu.edu/data/ahic.html)
Each time you access a file through your web browser, the browser caches (stores) it. By doing this, the browser doesn’t have to newly retrieve files (including any images) from the remote web site each time you click
Forward. You should periodically clear the cache to allow your browser to function more efficiently.
A cookie is a file created by a web browser, at the request of a web site, that is then stored on a computer. These files typically store user-specific information such as selections in a form, shopping cart contents, or authentication data. Browsers will normally clear cookies that reach a certain age, but clearing them manually may solve problems with web sites or your browser.
A browser’s history is a log of sites that you visit. When you use a browser’s
Back button, you are moving back one entry in the history log. Browsers will normally clear the history at regular intervals, but you may want to clear it manually for privacy.
Helpmenu for “clear cache”. If you’re unsure what browser version you’re using, from the
About [browser name]. In Internet Explorer and Firefox, if you don’t see the menu bar, press
Command-q) your browser.
Menu, and then tap
Clear history, or
Clear all cookie dataas appropriate, and then tap
OKto accept (or
Cancelto cancel) the deletion.
Clear browsing history,
Clear download history,
Empty the cache,
Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data).From the
Obliterate the following items from: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 beginning of time.
Clear browsing data.
Clear Recent History.If the menu bar is hidden, press
Altto make it visible.
Time range to clear:drop-down menu, select the desired range; to clear your entire cache, select
Delete browsing history....If the menu bar is hidden, press
Altto make it visible.
Preserve Favorites website data, and select:
Temporary Internet filesor
Temporary Internet files and website files
Cookies and website data
Toolsmenu in the upper right, select
Delete Browsing History....
Delete files....To delete your cookies, click
Delete cookies....To delete your history, click
Close, and then click
To clear cache and cookies:
Settings, and then tap
Clear cookies and data, or
Clear Cache. Confirm when prompted.
To clear history:
Settings, and then
Delete Private Data....
Reset. As of Safari 5.1,
Remove all website datacovers both cookies and cache.