How to Clear Your History, Cookies, and Cache

Clearing your cache and history on your favorite browser can greatly improve performance while you browse the web! However, many popular browsers hide the function within the settings, making it sometimes difficult to find. Don’t panic, I am here to help! Below you will find in-depth individual guides on clearing history and cache for some of the most popular desktop browsers used today.

Google Chrome

Step 1:

Click on the  found in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window

Step 2:

Click on History

Step 3:

In the sub-menu, click on History

Step 4:

Locate Clear browsing data on the left-hand side of the browser window

Step 5:

Chrome will allow you to select a time range, as well as specify which data you wish you delete.

  • 1. Time Range: Allows you to select the amount of browser history you will delete, ranging from 1 hour – All
  • 2. Clear data:  Once you have selected your time range, and have chosen what you would like to delete (Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, Cached images and files), click Clear data

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1:

Click on the  located in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window

Step 2:

Located and click on Options

Step 3:

Locate Privacy & Security  on the left-hand side of the bowser window and select it

Step 4:

Scroll Down until you locate History and select Clear History…

Step 5:

Similar to Google Chrome, Firefox will allow you to select a time range, as well as specify which data you wish you delete.

  • 1. Time Range: Allows you to select the amount of browser history you will delete, ranging from 1 hour – All
  • 2. Clear data:  Once you have selected your time range, and have chosen what you would like to delete (Browsing & Download History, Active Logins, Form & Search History, Cookies, and Cache), click Clear data

Opera

Step 1:

Locate the  in the upper left-hand corner of the browser window

Step 2:

Locate and select History

Step 3:

Locate and Select Clear browsing data in the sub-menu

Step 4:

Similar to the previous two browsers, Opera gives the user similar options when wanting to delete history, including: Time range, and options to delete browsing history, download history, news usage data, cookies and other site data, caches images and files

  • 1. Time Range: Allows you to select the amount of browser history you will delete, ranging from 1 hour – All
  • 2. Clear data:  Once you have selected your time range, and have chosen what you would like to delete (Browsing & Download History, Active Logins, Form & Search History, Cookies, and Cache), click Clear data