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How to clear your cache

James Ford
Recruitment Expert
How to clear your cache

“Have you cleared your browser’s cache recently?” this might sound like a modern version of “have you tried turning your computer off and on again” but this is no voodoo, clearing your browser cache and cookies on a regular basis can help keep JobAdder running in tip-top condition.

What is this browser ‘cache’ you speak of?

The browser cache exists because browser designers believe your computer will be able to display elements of a website faster than your internet connection can redownload them each time you visit. For example, if an image is present on multiple pages of a website, the browser will download a copy onto your computer so it can be accessed much faster next time, this is the cache.

Why do my browser’s cache and cookies have to be emptied on a regular basis?

As you go about your day, your cache with gradually build up cruft from partially downloaded web pages or strange formatting. Eventually, you’ll notice that your browser, and therefore JobAdder, is running slower than it once was. Clearing your browser cache will give you an instant speed boost. Think of it as a spring clean for your hard working laptop or desktop.

So how do I clear this browser cache business then?

The process is a little different for each browser so please have a read of the instructions below. The good news is that these steps don’t take long to complete!

*Please be extra careful when following these instructions so as not to clear any passwords you may have saved into your browser previously*

Google Chrome (Windows & MacOS)

  1. Click the three vertical dots in the top right-hand corner of your Chrome browser
  2. Click ‘More Tools’ > ‘Clear Browsing Data…’
  3. Select ‘the beginning of time’ from the drop-down list at the top
  4. Tick ‘Cookies & other site and plug-in data’, ‘Cached images and files’, ‘Hosted app data’
  5. Make sure the other options are unticked
  6. Click ‘Clear browsing data’ then quit and reopen Chrome

Firefox (Windows & MacOS)

  1. From the History menu at the top of the screen click ‘Clear Recent History…’
  2. Select ‘Everything’ from the ‘Time range to clear’ drop down list
  3. Tick ‘Cookies’, ‘Cache’, ‘Active Logins’, ‘Offline Web Site Data’, ‘Site Preferences’
  4. Make sure the other options are unticked
  5. Click ‘Clear Now’ then quit and reopen Firefox

Internet Explorer (Windows)

  1. Click the gear icon in the top right-hand corner of Internet Explorer
  2. Click ‘Internet Options’
  3. Click the ‘General’ tab then ‘Delete’
  4. Leave ‘Download History’ and ‘Passwords’ unticked
  5. Tick all of the other options
  6. Click ‘Delete’
  7. Click ‘Apply’ then quit and reopen Internet Explorer

Safari (MacOS)

  1. Click on the Safari menu in the top left-hand corner of the screen
  2. Click ‘Preferences…’
  3. Navigate to the ‘Privacy’ tab
  4. Click ‘Manage Website Data…’
  5. Click ‘Remove All’
  6. Click ‘Remove Now’
  7. Click ‘Done’
  8. Quit and reopen Safari

Now that’s done, we can get back to what really matters, arguing if it’s pronounced cash, k shhh or ka shay…*

Please let me know if you’ve got any questions!

*it’s cash


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