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What’s a browser cache? How do I clear it? Why would I want to?

What’s a browser cache?

The browser cache exists because of a basic assumption made by the folks who design browsers: the internet is slow. Perhaps more correctly, your internet connection is slower than your computer.

What that means is that it’s faster to get something to display from your hard disk than it is to get it by downloading it from the internet. Even with today’s faster internet speeds, that still holds very true.

When current browsers were designed, people noticed that many web pages contained the same elements and many sites had these all over their pages. For example, if you look at this page, you’ll see a logo at the top. It’s actually at the top of every page on this site. So the thinking was why download the same logo for every page? Why not just download it once and then keep it so we can use it again?

The cache is nothing more than a place on your hard disk where the browser keeps things that it downloaded in case they’re needed again. For instance, when you first visit a page on this site, the browser will download the logo so that it can be shown. Every time that you visit a different page on the site, the logo doesn’t need to be downloaded again; as long as the same logo is displayed, it’s already here.

The cache has a limit of how big it can get and you can usually configure how much space to set aside for it. Essentially, when the cache gets full, the items in it that haven’t been used in a while are discarded to make room for whatever new items you’re looking at now.

There’s a little more to it than that. For example, there are ways for me to update the logo on my site and have that override whatever is in your cache so what you see is always up-to-date. But by and large, that’s all it is: a place to keep things locally so that you don’t always have to download the same things all over again.

And it’s all transparent to you.

Until something breaks, of course.

And that’s where “clearing the cache” comes in.

For reasons that I simply can’t explain – other than by saying “stuff happens” – the cache can sometimes get confused. This seems to happen to most browsers and at random times. What you’ll see are partially loaded or badly formatted web pages, incomplete pictures, or in some cases, the wrong picture in the wrong place.

It’s not always a caching problem, but because it happens often enough, “clear your browser cache” is often one of the first diagnostic steps that you’ll hear from people like me.

Here’s how.

Click HERE to watch the YouTube video Clearing the Browser Cache in Google Chrome

An empty cache

Your browser cache is empty – so what?

An empty cache means there’s no confusion. As you visit web pages hereafter, the browser will download fresh copies of everything that you see on each page. Effectively, you’ve simply forced your browser to rebuild its cache from scratch as it loads or re-loads web pages. Any cache-related issues should be cleared up.

Until the next time.

SO…

This Chrome extension makes it easy by adding a small recycle button to the toolbar to clear your cache.

Click HERE to add GOOGLE Chrome Extension to clear your cache to toolbar

What’s a browser cache? How do I clear it? Why would I want to?

What’s a browser cache?

The browser cache exists because of a basic assumption made by the folks who design browsers: the internet is slow. Perhaps more correctly, your internet connection is slower than your computer.

What that means is that it’s faster to get something to display from your hard disk than it is to get it by downloading it from the internet. Even with today’s faster internet speeds, that still holds very true.

When current browsers were designed, people noticed that many web pages contained the same elements and many sites had these all over their pages. For example, if you look at this page, you’ll see a logo at the top. It’s actually at the top of every page on this site. So the thinking was why download the same logo for every page? Why not just download it once and then keep it so we can use it again?

The cache is nothing more than a place on your hard disk where the browser keeps things that it downloaded in case they’re needed again. For instance, when you first visit a page on this site, the browser will download the logo so that it can be shown. Every time that you visit a different page on the site, the logo doesn’t need to be downloaded again; as long as the same logo is displayed, it’s already here.

The cache has a limit of how big it can get and you can usually configure how much space to set aside for it. Essentially, when the cache gets full, the items in it that haven’t been used in a while are discarded to make room for whatever new items you’re looking at now.

There’s a little more to it than that. For example, there are ways for me to update the logo on my site and have that override whatever is in your cache so what you see is always up-to-date. But by and large, that’s all it is: a place to keep things locally so that you don’t always have to download the same things all over again.

And it’s all transparent to you.

Until something breaks, of course.

And that’s where “clearing the cache” comes in.

For reasons that I simply can’t explain – other than by saying “stuff happens” – the cache can sometimes get confused. This seems to happen to most browsers and at random times. What you’ll see are partially loaded or badly formatted web pages, incomplete pictures, or in some cases, the wrong picture in the wrong place.

It’s not always a caching problem, but because it happens often enough, “clear your browser cache” is often one of the first diagnostic steps that you’ll hear from people like me.

Here’s how.

Click HERE to watch the YouTube video Clearing the Browser Cache in Google Chrome

An empty cache

Your browser cache is empty – so what?

An empty cache means there’s no confusion. As you visit web pages hereafter, the browser will download fresh copies of everything that you see on each page. Effectively, you’ve simply forced your browser to rebuild its cache from scratch as it loads or re-loads web pages. Any cache-related issues should be cleared up.

Until the next time.

SO...

This Chrome extension makes it easy by adding a small recycle button to the toolbar to clear your cache.

Click HERE to add GOOGLE Chrome Extension to clear your cache to toolbar

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