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Clearing Web Browser Cache

A collection of temporary Internet files (a cache) is stored by your browser as you visit websites to speed page load times, but it can cause issue when the files become out of date.

If you close your browser without logging out or use more than one account in the same browser, conflicting sign-in information (cookies) may be stored in the browser.

Deleting the cache and cookies that have been stored by your browser commonly corrects these problems. Please complete the instructions below for the browser you are using.

Computer:

          Chrome     Firefox      Safari     Internet Explorer     Microsoft Edge

Mobile:

          Chrome     Safari

** For Visual Instructions to clear the bowser cache click the link Here.


Chrome (For Computers)

Click on the three dashes in the top right corner.

Click on Settings in the menu.

Click on History in the menu on the left.

Click button Clear browsing data

Select from the dropdown "The Beginning of Time"

Check the following boxes: Browsing History, Download History, Cookies, Cached Images

Click on Clear browsing data on the bottom. Wait for the Hourglass/Spinning Wheel to finish.

Usually a "force refresh" is enough. You can achieve this by pressing the following key combination: 
Shift + Ctrl + F5

Firefox (For Computers)

Click on the orange Firefox button in the top left corner or find History under settings

Move the mouse to Options and click on Options in the submenu.

Click on Advanced

Click on the Network tab

Click on Clear Now in the Cached Web Content section.

Usually a "force refresh" is enough. You can achieve this by pressing the following key combination: 

Shift + Ctrl + Del

Safari (For Computers)

Click on the ALT-key, when the menu bar on top of the screen isn't visible.

Click on Edit in the menu bar.

Click on Empty Cache... in the menu.

Click on Empty in the pop-up box.

Force Refresh Safari

Usally a "force refresh" is enough. You can achieve this by pressing the following key combination: 
On PC: Ctrl + F5
On Apple MAC: CMD + R

Internet Explorer (For Computers)

Click on the gear wheel in the top right corner.

Click on Safety in the menu

Click on Delete browsing history in the submenu

Select Temporary Internet files, website files, cookies, website data, download history from the list

Click on Delete

On the bottom of the page the browser notifies you when the browser cache is cleared

Force Refresh Internet Explorer 11

Usually a "force refresh" is enough. You can achieve this by pressing the following key combination:
Ctrl + F5

Microsoft Edge (For Computers)

Use the following steps to clear your browser history and Cache in Microsoft Edge:

  1. Click the Hub icon hub icon  In the top right
  2. Click the History icon history icon 

  3. Click the link labeled Clear all history.

  4. Check the boxes for each item you want to clear.

  5. Click the Clear button. The message "All Clear!" will appear at the top when the data has been erased.

Chrome for Android

Click on the menu button (three dots in the top right corner).

Click on settings in the menu.

Click on Privacy in the menu.

Click on Clear browsing data...

Select Empty the cache from the list.

Click on Clear browsing data on the bottom. Your browser cache is now empty.

 

Safari on Mobile

From your home screen; tap Settings

Choose Safari

Tap Clear cache

 

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