How to Reset the Cache on a Computer

by Shanika Chapman

Using the Internet Explorer Web browser to surf the Web can be frustrating when pages are loading at a slower rate than usual. While there are many potential causes for this, one of the most common and easiest to remedy problems can be your Internet cache. The cache is a small data storage memory area accessed by your browser to reaccess Web page data that is stored on your computer vs. having to redownload the data again.

In Internet Explorer, click "Tools," then "Internet Options" in the toolbar at the top of the screen.

Click on the "General" tab in the "Internet Options" window.

Click on the "Delete" button.

Click on the "Delete files" button beside "Temporary Internet Files." Click "Yes" when asked if you are sure you want to delete all temporary Internet files.

Wait as your Internet cache is deleted, then you might want to delete some of the other information being stored by Internet Explorer. Follow the same process to delete other information such as passwords, prefilled form data, cookies and history.

Tip

  • check You can have Internet Explorer automatically check for new versions of Web pages to be stored in the cache by going to the "General" tab on the "Internet Options" window and clicking "Settings." From the "Temporary Internet Files" and "History" settings window, you can change the cache settings.

Warning

  • close If it has been a long time since you last cleared your Internet cache, the process can take up to five minutes.

About the Author

Shanika Chapman has been writing business-related articles since 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Science in social science from the University of Maryland University College. Chapman also served for four years in the Air Force and has run a successful business since 2008.