What is browser cache?

In order to speed up web browsing, web browsers are designed to download web pages and store them locally on your computer's hard drive in an area called "cache". Browser cache (also known as Internet cache) contains records of every item you have viewed or downloaded while Internet surfing. So when you visit the same page for a second time, the browser speeds up display time by loading the page locally from cache instead of downloading everything again.


Although storing Internet cache makes web browser faster as it usually takes your computer less time to display a web page when it can open page's elements or even the entire page from your local Temporary Internet Files folder, you sometimes want to overrule the Internet cache, for example to see changes you made to a webpage you just uploaded. 


Clearing Cache Memory


To ensure you see the latest version of a site you need to clear the cache memory. This is done by doing a force refresh by pressing both Control and F5 buttons simultaneously on your keyboard (depending on your browser). Most times a simple force cache refresh won't work and you need to clear the cache by hand.


How to clear cache and cookies manually:


1. Click on the 3 vertical dots in the upper right corner of Chrome and click on Settings from the drop down menu:





2. Then click Advanced at the bottom.



3) Under Privacy and Security click Clear Browsing Data.



4) There will be some check boxes that you can select to delete certain things. Once you have them selected click Clear Data.