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Delete Browser Cache in Internet Explorer


This document is designed to assist students, faculty and staff with deleting their temporary browsing history and cached information when using Internet Explorer.

It is recommended that you empty your browser cache periodically as a good maintenance procedure. This prevents your browser cache from taking up large amounts of memory in your computer and assures that the web pages you access are the most current versions available.

Deleting your cache is also useful if you are experiencing errors while attempting to access web pages, whether they are University based (including the UW PeopleSoft HRMS and Financials systems), or belong to an outside company. Many of these errors can be corrected by deleting your browser cache and restarting your browser.

Also see:
How to Delete Browser Cache in Mozilla Firefox
How to Delete Browser Cache in Google Chrome


  1. Open Internet Explorer. If the Command Bar or Menu Bar, both of which contain the Tools menu selection, are not visible, right-click below the address bar in an empty area. Select Menu Bar or Command Bar (or both) from the drop-down list.
  2. Select Internet Options from the Tools drop-down menu.
  3. In the Internet Options window make sure the General tab is selected and then click on the Delete button in the Browsing history section of the window.
  4. In the Delete Browsing History window make sure Temporary Internet files and Cookies are selected. Other item options can also be selected for deletion. Click on the Delete button.
  5. Restart your browser.


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