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When viewing websites using any browser, its designed to cache (pronounced cash) images and some files to provide quick loading on your next visit. 

How to Delete Your Browser Cache - Northwoods Web Designs Help ArcticleClearing your cache forces your browser to retrieve the newest copy available from the website immediately, overtime your browser will do this for you. But to see the latest changes (.i.e if we just uploaded new images to your website) you will want to do this manually.


For desktop browsers, to quickly open menus used to clear your cache, cookies, and history, ensure that the browser is open and selected, and press Ctrl-Shift-Delete (Windows) or Command-Shift-Delete (Mac). If this doesn't work, follow the appropriate instructions below.

After following any of the instructions below, be sure to close/quit the browser and restart it after clearing the cache.

Desktop Browsers

Chrome Browser

1.     In the browser bar, enter:  chrome://settings/clearBrowserData

2.     At the top of the "Clear browsing data" window, click Advanced.

3.     Select the following:

o    Cached images and files

From the "Time range" drop-down menu, select All time.

4.     Click CLEAR DATA.

5.     Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Firefox Browser

1.     From the History menu, select Clear Recent History.

If the menu bar is hidden, press Alt to make it visible.

2.     From the Time range to clear: select Everything.

3.     Next to "Details", click the down arrow to choose which elements of the history to clear; to clear your entire cache, select all items.

4.     Click Clear Now.

5.     Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Internet Explorer 11

1.     Select Tools > Safety > Delete browsing history....

If the menu bar is hidden, press Alt to make it visible.

2.     Select:

o    Temporary Internet files or Temporary Internet files and website files

o    Cookies or Cookies and website data

3.     Click Delete. You will see a confirmation at the bottom of the window when the process is complete.

4.     Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.


Safari 8 and later

1.     From the Safari menu, select Clear History... or Clear History and Website Data....

2.     Select the desired time range, and then click Clear History.

3.     Go to Safari > Quit Safari or press Command-Q to exit the browser completely.


Mobile Browsers

Please refer to your phones manual on how to clear its browsers cache.


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