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Q. How do I clear my browser cache in Firefox?

Answered By: Beth Juhl
Last Updated: May 13, 2016     Views: 97

By default, your web browser stores cookies and other information about sites you visit.  Clearing your browser cache is often the easiest way to fix connection issues with library databases. 

To clear your cache in Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select Options.
    Firefox Options
  2. Select Privacy.
    Firefox Options > Privacy
  3. Under History, click the option to clear all current history.
    Firefox Clear all Current History (cache)
  4. In the resulting dialog window, you can check only those items you wish to clear.
    For remote access issues, clear Cache and Cookies.
    Firefox - History clearing options
  5. Click Clear Now.

Tell Firefox to always clear the cache (optional)

You can also set Firefox to automatically clear the cache when Firefox closes at the end of each session.

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select Options.
  2. Select Privacy.
  3. In the History section, set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history.
  4. Select the check box for Clear history when Firefox closes.
    You can also choose Custom Settings to clear only certain types of cookies on close.
    Firefox settings to clear cache on exit

A note about site passwords: If you use the Firefox Password Manager option, your saved passwords are not usually deleted when you clear your browser history of cookies and cache.  However, to use Password Manager, you cannot also have the History setting Clear history when Firefox closes.  You must instead use custom History settings

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