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How to clear cache in Google Chrome

May 12, 2011 06:43 PDT

Here is a small step-by-step guide about how to clear cache in Google Chrome, what is cache and why it requires deleting of such cache from the browser.

What is cache?

Cache is a temporary place, which has a high speed and dynamic memory where a copy of information is kept until it is called for a retrieval. It is incorporated in browsers to supplement the function of central processing unit and physical disk storage. When CPU tries to retrieve data through a browser, the cache acts as a buffer and synchronizes the data traveling from the CPU.

Cache allows you to surf faster because it stores the images, HTML pages, XML and other pages on the system and when you open a site in your browser, if the information is already stored in the cache, it doesn't necessarily to reach internet to access your information.

Why clearing cache of a browser is important?

Sometimes you need to clear the cache for a better perspective, while developing a website. Once clear the cache you will get the page direct from the server, in a new form and function. It often happens you get some wacky errors while surfing websites, the best thing is to clear the browser cache and restart your browser.

Clear cache in Google Chrome

  • Cache is a temporary folder stored inside the computer and due to frequent surfing a massive amount of files such as HTML, images, CSS etc. stored that occupies much of your disk space and eventually slow down your system.
  • Cache memory recalls the already stored older pages and ignore fresh pages from the server.
  • Cache memory sometimes corrupt.
  • Clearing cache also reduces the risk of password hacking. It minimizes the risk of security breaches.

How to clear cache in Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome and click on wrench icon placed on the top right corner, then click the options button.
  2. If your Google Chrome is the latest version then you would see a new button called options, click the left sidebar on "Under the Hood".
  3. Click Clear browsing data button.
  4. Check the boxes for the types of information you want to clear.
    • Clear browsing history
    • Clear download history
    • Empty the cache
    • Delete cookie
    • Clear saved passwords
  5. There is also an option of deleting cached info from the drop down menu.
  6. In right pane, in front of Privacy you find a tab "Clear browsing data". Click and delete your cache on Chrome.

Screenshot: How to clear cache in Google Chrome

Screenshot: How to clear cache in Google Chrome

Other resources about cache and Google Chrome

  • How do I adjust my security settings to high level?
  • Microsoft: File Caching - By default, Windows caches file data that is read from disks and written to disks. This implies that read operations read file data from an area in system memory known as the system file cache, rather than from the physical disk.
  • HardwareSecrets: How The Memory Cache Works - The memory cache is high-speed memory available inside the CPU in order to speed up access to data and instructions stored in RAM memory.

Posted by Andrew.

#1  posted on May 14, 2011 20:55 PDT
lo estoy estudiando espero usarlo pronto y les enviare el resultado gracias.

#2  posted on March 29, 2013 08:09 PDT
Your instructions don't work. There is no wrench in the upper right hand corner of Chrome--at least not on mine.

Is there an action that will cause the wrench to appear?

#3  posted on April 07, 2013 04:21 PDT
why is my facebook broke?

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