Delete Temporary Internet Files

Dear Computer Lady,

My brother recently told me that all the web pages I go to are stored on my computer.

Is that true?

If it is true, how do I get rid of all that stuff?

Thanks, Erik


Dear Erik,

Yes, your brother is right… kind of. Here is how it works.

When you visit a web page on the internet, your computer downloads the HTML file it needs to display the web page on your computer, and any files that it needs to go along with the HTML file. If the web page you visit has pictures, or sound files or even videos, those files must first be saved on your computers hard drive before the page is displayed for you to view.

All those files are saved in a special location called the Temporary Internet Files, or sometimes referred to as your browser’s cache. It is fairly easy to get rid of those files, here is how:

If you are using Internet Explorer…

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on “Tools” in the toolbar, then click on “Internet Options”.
  3. In the Internet Options window, make sure the “General” tab is selected.
  4. Find the “Browser History” section, and click on the button that says, “Delete…”
  5. In the “Delete Browsing History” window, click to select the types of items you want to get rid of, and click the “Delete” button.
  6. Wait while the files are cleaned up.
  7. When it is finished, click the “OK” button to close the Internet Options window.

If you are using Google Chrome…

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the Wrench icon in the upper-right corner of the window.
  3. In the menu, point to “Tools” and click on “Clear Browsing Data”.
  4. Click to select the types of information you want to remove.
  5. Click on the “Clear Browsing Data” button.

If you are using Firefox…

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click on “Tools” in the menu bar.
  3. Click “Clear Recent History” in the drop down list.
  4. Click the arrow next to “Details” and select the types of items to delete.
  5. Click the list next to, “Time Range” and make your selection.
  6. Click the “Clear Now” button.


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