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Q. How do I clear my browser cache in Google Chrome?

Answered By: Beth Juhl
Last Updated: Nov 22, 2017     Views: 691

Updated for Chrome 62.0, November 2017.  

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 Google Chrome

  1. Click the Menu in the upper right.
  2. Choose History
    Menu for History settings in Chrome
  3. Choose "Clear Browsing Data."
    Chrome History Options
  4. The most effective setting is to clear all browsing history back to the beginning of time and to clear browsing history, download history, cached images and files, and cookies
    Clearing browser cache in Chrome
  5. Close your browser and restart to see changes.  

Set Chrome to automatically clear some cache items when it closes

This setting can help prevent caching errors by tidying up each time you exit Chrome.  

  1. Click the Menu in the upper right.
  2. Choose Settings
  3. Scroll down to find Advanced and expand that selection. 
    Chrome Advanced Settings
  4. Under Privacy and Security, choose button for Content Settings.
  5. Under Cookies, click the radio button to Keep local data only until you quit your browser. 
    Clear cookies on exit in Chrome
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