Clear Your Browser Cache

Have you made edits to your website but they aren’t appearing when you refresh?  You may have to clear your browser cache.

Your browser cache saves your visited website data on your computer to allows the page to load quicker on your next visit.  This leads you to see an outdated version of a web page. If you have made some changes to your website, then you may not see them appear on the live site.

Here are some keys to force a hard refresh in your browser:

  • Google Chrome on Mac: Command + Shift + R
  • Google Chrome on Windows & Linux: CTRL + F5
  • Firefox on Mac: Command + Shift + R
  • Firefox on Windows & Linux: CTRL + F5
  • Safari: Command + Option + R
  • Opera on Mac: Command + Alt + R
  • Opera on Windows: Shift + F5

Normally forcing a hard reset will work but if not you will need to clear your browser cache to make sure you are viewing the live version.

Clearing Browser Cache in Google Chrome

Simply launch Google Chrome on your computer and click on the three dot menu in the top right hand corner.  From the menu go to More Tools >> Clear Browsing Data.

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This will launch the settings with a “Clear Browing Data” popup.  Switch to the basic settings and select “All time”, check the boxes next to “Cached images and files” and “Clear cookies and other site data”.

Clearing the cookies will delete al cookies stored on your browser so will log you out from all websites and end all sessions.

Then click on the “Clear data” button and your browser cache will be cleared.

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Clearing Browser Cache in Safari

This will launch the settings with a “Clear Browing Data” popup.  Switch to the basic settings and select “All time”, check the boxes next to “Cached images and files” and “Clear cookies and other site data”.

Clearing the cookies will delete al cookies stored on your browser so will log you out from all websites and end all sessions.

Then click on the “Clear data” button and your browser cache will be cleared.

Safari will delete all caches, cookies and all temporary website data.  If you want to empty the cache without deleting cookies then you will need to enable the “Developer” tab.

clear cache safari

To enable Developer mode click on Safari >> Preferences from the top menu.  This will bring up the settings box, go to the “Advanced” tab and check “Show Develop menu in the menu bar”.  This will add the developer bar to your menu.  Next click on the Develop menu and select “Empty Caches”.

Safari will now only empty the cache and not the cookies.

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clear cache safari

Clearing Browser Cache in Firefox

In Firefox click on the hamburger menu on the top right corner of the screen and select “Preferences”.

This will bring up the Firefox settings page, click on the Privacy& Security tab on the left hand side and click on the “Clear Data” button.

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You will then be asked what you want to clear, select “Cached Web Content” and click on the clear button.

Firefox will now delete all cached data from your browser.

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