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How to Clear the Cache in Microsoft Edge

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How to Clear the Cache in Microsoft Edge

Have you ever encountered a situation where you expect changes in a website, but no matter how often you refresh the browser, it always displays the same content? This is most likely due to the fact that your browser’s cache loads old content. You will learn in this tutorial how to clear the cache in Microsoft Edge browser.

Why clearing the cache is useful

The cache is a storage area that downloads resources from the web page so that the next time you visit the page, it can load them immediately instead of downloading them again from the server.

Since most websites update their data often, when the site loads from the cache, you will get outdated information. In addition, if the site updates its security configuration, you may have problems logging in, viewing media, or making a purchase.

Sometimes the cached content can be corrupted. If your browser is acting strangely, the first step in troubleshooting the problem is to clear the cache.

How to Clear the Cache in Microsoft Edge

1. Open Microsoft Edge.

2. Click on the three dots in the upper right corner.

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3. Select Settings.

4. In the left menu, click on “Confidentiality and services”.

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5. Scroll down to “Clear browsing data” and click the “Choose items to clear” button.

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6. From the drop-down menu at the top, select the option for how long you want to go back to delete the files (last hour, last 24 hours, last seven days or last four weeks)

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7. Check the boxes corresponding to each type of data you wish to delete.

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8. Click on “Delete now”.

How to delete cache automatically

You can also configure Microsoft Edge to clear the cache each time you close the browser.

1. Open Microsoft Edge.

2. Click on the three dots in the upper right corner.

3. Select Settings.

4. In the left menu, click on “Confidentiality and services”.

5. Scroll down to “Clear browsing data”.

6. Click the arrow next to “Choose what you want to delete each time you close the browser”.

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7. Select the data you want to delete when the browser is closed.

It is more common to clear browsing history, cookies and cached data from the cache. You may want to keep your items such as passwords, form data, and hosted application data.

Other than clearing the browser cache, increasing the browser cache can also help with browser performance.

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