How to View Temporary Internet Files

by Brenda Sanders

Many people want to look at what is inside their hidden files and folders in order to troubleshoot issues they are experiencing with their computers. In this case, you will want to see your hidden files and folders so you can locate the temporary internet files stored on your computer. It is possible to take a glance at items that are hidden on your computer by setting your computer to display the hidden files and folders. Because the folder that contains temporary internet files is usually hidden, you must set your computer to show hidden files and folders before you can view the temporary internet files. Following the instructions in the first section will enable you to display the hidden files and folders on your computer. The directions in the second section will assist you in finding out where the files are located so you can view them.

How to Set a Computer to Show Hidden Files And Folders

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Click once on the "Start" menu button which is located on the taskbar.

2

Find the "Control Panel". Click once on it. The "Control Panel" window will pop up.

3

Click twice on "Folder Options." The "Folder Options" window will pop up. You will see four tabs. One tab will have the word "General" on it. The second tab will have the word "View" on it. The other tab will have the words "File Types" on it. The last tab will have the words "Offline Files" on it.

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Click on the "View" tab. You will see two subheadings. One will be "Folder views" while the other will be "Advanced settings."

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Look under "Advanced settings." You will see several options available for you to check inside a small square or small circle in front of the options.

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Look for the "Show hidden files and folders" option. It is located under the "Hidden files and folders" section.

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Click the "Show hidden files and folders" circle by clicking inside the little circle in front of the "Show hidden files and folders" option.

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Click the "Apply" button at the bottom on the right side of the "Folder Options" tab. Click OK.

How to Locate Temporary Internet Files

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Click twice on "Internet Options" in the "Control Panel" window. The Internet Properties window will pop up. You will see seven tabs. One tab will have the word "General" on it. The next tab will have the word "Security" on it. "Privacy" will be written on the third tab while "Content" will be written on the fourth tab. On the fifth tab, "Connections" will be written on it. The sixth tab will have the word "Programs" on it while the seventh tab will have the word "Advanced" written on it.

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Click once on the "General" tab. You will see four sections: "Browsing history," "Search," "Tabs" and "Appearance." Look at the "Browsing history" section. You will notice a "Delete" button and a "Settings" button.

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Click on the "Settings" button. The "Temporary Internet Files and History Settings" window will pop up. The window will have two sections termed "Temporary Internet Files" and "History." Look under the "Temporary Internet Files" section for the words "Current location." Under these words will be the place in which your temporary internet files are stored on your computer.

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Go to the "Edit" pull-down menu while viewing your temporary internet files. Click once on "Select All." All of your files will become highlighted.

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Go to the "File" pull-down menu. Click once on "Delete." A window will pop up that asks if you really want to delete the files. Click "Yes" if you still want to delete the files.

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Go to the "File" pull-down menu. Click once on "Delete." A window will pop up that asks if you really want to delete the files. Click "Yes" if you still want to delete the files. All of your temporary internet files will be deleted.

About the Author

Brenda Sanders is an educator who has taught in many capacities for over 15 years. She recently completed her doctorate in education from George Fox University. Brenda received her MAT from Pacific University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Long Beach. She has also worked as a proofreader, editor and writer.