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How to Clear the Cache in Google Chrome (Windows and Macintosh)

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Clearing your cache is a good place to start when your web page isn’t displaying a change you just made. By clearing the cache, you ensure that your browser is going back to the web server to request the page, rather than just serving you what it has cached.

Keep in mind that clearing your browser cache is only one place your web pages may be cached. The web server may be caching pages and your whole site might be using a caching system like Akamai. But if you know that you uploaded your page to the correct location and it’s not showing up in your browser, clearing your cache can help.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the Chrome menu (looks like three horizontal lines).
  3. Select “Tools.”
  4. Click on “Clear browsing data.”
  5. Change the dropdown menu to “the beginning of time” or another time frame you want to remove.
  6. Make sure that “Empty the cache” has a check next to it.
  7. Click “Clear browsing data.”

Tips:

  1. You can remove browsing data from the beginning of time (in other words, ever since you started using Chrome), the last four weeks, the past week, the past day, or the past hour. This is useful if you just want to get rid of data from a site you went to recently.
  2. You can also choose to clear your history, downloads, cookies, passwords, autofill data, and more.
  3. When you upload a changes to a page and they don’t display in your browser, first try clearing the cache to make it show up correctly.

What You Need

  • Google Chrome

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