How To Delete Temporary Internet Files
Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) uses the temporary internet files feature to store copies of web content on your computer. When you access the same webpage again, the browser uses the stored file and only downloads the new content.
To delete your temporary Internet files using Internet Explorer:
- Deleting the Temporary Internet Files folder in Internet Explorer, files that start with the word “Cookie” may remain in the folder.
- If the Temporary Internet Files folder contains a significant amount of Web page content, this process may take several minutes to complete.
- Open Internet Explorer browser
- Select Tools from the top menu and click Internet Options (see below)
- In the “Temporary Internet files”, click Delete Files (see below)
- Check Delete all offline content to delete all temporary Internet files including offline content that is stored on your local drive.
- Click OK
- Click Apply and OK to finish
The procedure is simple but may vary from device to browsers.
Google Chrome (Desktop)
Open Google Chrome. It’s an app with a red, green, and yellow icon encircling a blue sphere.
Click ⋮. You’ll see this option in the top-right corner of the Google Chrome window.
- On some older versions of Chrome, you’ll see ☰
Select History. This option is near the top of the drop-down menu here.
Click History. It’s at the top of the pop-out menu to the left of the “History” section.
Click Clear browsing data. It’s on the middle-left side of the page.
Check each type of file you wish to delete. Any checked items will be erased when you clear the cache, while unchecked items will remain untouched. You’ll see several types of temporary files listed here:
- Browsing history- The list of pages you’ve visited. Excludes pages visited in incognito mode.
- Download history- The list of things you’ve downloaded.
- Cookies and other site and plugin data- Stored pieces of your information that help pages load faster when you visit them again.
- Cached images and files- Traditional “temporary files”; these items are remnants of items you’ve viewed or downloaded.
- Passwords- Saved passwords for websites you’ve allowed to save your password.
- Autofill form data- Saved answers to text fields (e.g., “Name”).
- Hosted app data- Data from any Chrome apps you use.
- Media licenses- Certificates that allow apps and plugins to access aspects of Google Chrome.
Click Clear browsing data. It’s near the bottom-right of the “Clear browsing data” window. Any selected Chrome temporary Internet files are now gone.
Open Chrome. It’s the white app with the green, red, yellow, and blue Chrome icon on it.
Tap ⋮. You’ll see this icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
Tap Settings. It’s at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
Tap Privacy. This option is near the bottom of the screen.
Tap Clear Browsing Data. It’s at the bottom of the page.
Tap each type of data you wish to clear. Any temporary file types with checkmarks next to them will be deleted when you erase the data. The temporary file types are as follows:
- Browsing History- The list of pages you’ve visited in the Chrome app.
- Cookies, Site Data- Saved pieces of data that help load your frequently visited sites faster.
- Cached Images and Files- Traditional “temporary files”; these items are remnants of items you’ve viewed or downloaded.
- Saved Passwords- Any passwords Chrome has stored.
- Autofill Data- Saved answers to universal text fields (e.g., “Name” or “Address”).
Tap Clear Browsing Data. It’s below the list of temporary file types.
Tap Clear Browsing Data when prompted. Doing so will remove all selected types of temporary Internet files, both from your device and from any synchronized mobile accounts.
Open Microsoft Edge. It’s the blue icon with a white “e” on it.
Click the “…” button. You’ll see this button in the top-right corner of the page.
Click Settings. This option is at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
Click Choose what to clear. It’s below the “Clear browsing data” heading on the right side of the page.
Click each item you wish to delete. Any checked items will be deleted when you clear your files’ cache, while any unchecked items will remain in your browser’s cache.
- Browsing history- Any pages you’ve visited in Microsoft Edge.
- Cookies and saved website data- Files saved to improve website performance.
- Cached data and files- Traditional “temporary files”; these items are remnants of items you’ve viewed or downloaded.
- Download history- A list of your downloaded files.
- Form data- Saved autofill data from commonly filled-out fields (e.g., “Name” or “Phone Number”).
- Passwords- Saved passwords for accounts.
- You can also click Show more to view a list of additional items you can clear such as notifications permissions and location settings.
Click Clear. This button is below the checked items on this page. Clicking Clear will remove all checked items from your Microsoft Edge browser.
Open Firefox. The app looks like a red fox encircling a blue globe.
Tap ☰. This icon is at the bottom of the screen.
Tap Settings. You’ll see this option in the bottom-right side of the screen.
Scroll down and tap Clear Private Data. It’s beneath the “Privacy” heading.
Tap Clear Private Data. It’s the last option on this page.
- You can slide the switches next to any of the options on this page to the “off” (left) position to avoid deleting the data for them.
Tap OK when prompted. Doing so will remove all selected temporary browsing data from your Firefox app.
Open Firefox. It’s the red fox encircling a blue globe.
Click ☰. This option is in the top-right corner of the Firefox window.
Click Options. It’s in the middle of the drop-down window.
Click Advanced. This option is at the bottom of the menu on the left side of the page.
Click the Network tab. It’s near the top of the “Advanced” page.
Click Clear Now. It’s on the right side of the page, directly to the right of the “Cached Web Content” heading. Doing so will immediately remove any temporary Internet files from your Firefox browser.
- You can also see how much data your cached content is taking up next to this heading (e.g., “300 bytes”).