How to control the cache in Internet Explorer
Caches store previously accessed information, in case it needs to be accessed again in the future, in which case delivering it from the cache rather than from the original source can reduce delays and network access bandwidth. Caching is done by web browsers, and one or more proxy caches may also lie on the path between your browser and a web server (e.g. in your ISP).
While caches try to keep information current by deleting it after time, sometimes changes on a web server aren't reflected in a cache, so references from stale cached objects can lead to errors. To fix such problems, you need to empty the cache of stale objects, or, to a first approximation, all objects relating to the website that you are having problems with.
The most effective approach to solving cache problems is to empty the cache. While that is easy to achieve, it will likely also delete cached information that is unrelated to your problem and that must later be downloaded again, using bandwidth and causing delay, so you may prefer to delete specific cached files.
Emptying the Internet Explorer cache
Which will lead to the following window:
- From the
Tools menu, choose
Delete Browsing History, or
- From the Internet Options control panel, choose the
General tab, and in the
Browsing history section, click on
- Deselect all options except for
Temporary Internet Files.
- Click on the
Delete specific cached files
- Open Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer, but the Windows file Explorer)
- In Windows XP, move to “Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files” (change “username” to your username)
- In Windows Vista or 7, enter “C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files” in the address bar at the top of the window and press Enter.
- Sort the files by clicking on the title of the “Internet Address” column.
- You should then able to select and delete objects that have been cached from the site that you are having problems with.