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Clear Your Web Cache

AJ Caldwell

September 23, 2021

Sometimes, a website doesn’t look quite right. Sometimes,you know something should be there, but it isn’t.

Well, that’s probably because you’ve cached a old or bad version of the web page.

What’s a cache? It’s a version of the website that your device has saved locally. It does this so that you don’t waste resources when requesting web pages or elements that might be similar or the same when browsing the web. It makes stuff faster, in short.

It also means you stay logged in between browser sessions and pages to websites you’ve logged into.

But sometimes, the browser doesn’t discard out of date info correctly. Chrome is actually notorious for holding onto page versions that are weeks or more old at times.

So what do you do when this happens?

Well, you might get away with just refreshing the page, and if that doesn’t work, a keyboard shortcut (ctrl+shift+R or ctrl+shift + F5) can sometimes, force the page to load fresh.

But what do you do when those don’t work?

You manually empty your cache.

This differs between browsers, but since we’ve mentioned Chrome, we can work with it!

First, click the menu icon (the three vertical dots)

Then, select more tools.

And finally, Clear Browsing Data.

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AJ is a Systems Administrator and Web Developer. With a decade of experience in information security and technical support experience combined with four years of web development experience, AJ provides informed opinions on everyday technology challenges.

Sometimes, a website doesn’t look quite right. Sometimes,you know something should be there, but it isn’t.

Well, that’s probably because you’ve cached a old or bad version of the web page.

What’s a cache? It’s a version of the website that your device has saved locally. It does this so that you don’t waste resources when requesting web pages or elements that might be similar or the same when browsing the web. It makes stuff faster, in short.

It also means you stay logged in between browser sessions and pages to websites you’ve logged into.

But sometimes, the browser doesn’t discard out of date info correctly. Chrome is actually notorious for holding onto page versions that are weeks or more old at times.

So what do you do when this happens?

Well, you might get away with just refreshing the page, and if that doesn’t work, a keyboard shortcut (ctrl+shift+R or ctrl+shift + F5) can sometimes, force the page to load fresh.

But what do you do when those don’t work?

You manually empty your cache.

This differs between browsers, but since we’ve mentioned Chrome, we can work with it!

First, click the menu icon (the three vertical dots)

Then, select more tools.

And finally, Clear Browsing Data.

AJ Caldwell
AJ is a Systems Administrator and Web Developer. With a decade of experience in information security and technical support experience combined with four years of web development experience, AJ provides informed opinions on everyday technology challenges.

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