Clearing Cache in Google’s Chrome

What is Browser Cache?

Browser Cache is nothing more than a place on your hard disk where the browser keeps things it downloaded once in case they’re needed again.  It’s faster to get something from your hard disk than it is to get it from the internet. Even with today’s internet speeds, which still holds true.  So this copy of a web site along with MANY other copies of web sites are sitting on your hard drive taking up space.  For reasons I can’t explain — other than by saying “stuff happens” — the cache sometimes get confused. This seems to happen to all browsers and at random times. You’ll see partially loaded or badly formatted webpages, pages that should update but don’t, incomplete pictures, or, in some cases, the wrong picture in the wrong place.

It’s not always a caching problem, but because it happens often enough, “clear your browser cache” is one of the first diagnostic steps you’ll hear from people like me.  So clean you’re Cache!

Clear Browsing Data

In Chrome

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click dots then More Tools.
  3. Click Clear Browsing Data.
  4. At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.
  5. Next to “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files,” check the boxes.
  6. Click Clear data.

You should periodically clear the cache to allow your browser to function more efficiently. … Browsers will normally clear cookies that reach a certain age, but clearing them manually may solve problems with web sites like D2L or your browser. A browser’s history is a log of sites that you visit.

How to clear you cache in Google Chrome with pictures to help you through the process.

Rob Fredricksen
Instructional Technologist
eLearning Department
office  719-502-3559
main office  719-502-3555

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