Erik Blandford, 22 March 2018
Cache files are basically temporary data used to make loading time faster. For instance, when a device visits a website or uses an app, certain data is stored in the form of cache. This helps in quickening the process of loading the website. But over time cache files get accumulated. They start to take up your storage space and slow your Mac down. So, you need to know how to get rid of them, that is, basically, cleaning your browser history.
There are two possible ways: you can simply erase cache files from your browser manually, or you can use a trusted software like MacFly Pro, which can proceed with the same action. In some cases, it would be even easier as sometimes cache may be stored in different folders like Apple Photo Library or others you haven’t even heard of.
Web-browser cache is stored on your computer to improve your activity on the Internet. In other words, you can load a webpage faster by getting access to the stored data locally. However, the huge amount of the cache files can become a serious threat to your system. That is why you need to know how to delete history on Mac.
Once you have clicked on Clear Browsing Data, this window will pop up. It will display a list of options to choose from, although some will be pre-selected. If there are no choices selected, to clear all your history simply check off Browsing History, Cookies and other site data, and Cached Images and Files. Once you are done selecting the options you want, click the Clear Browsing Data at the bottom of the window. Depending on how many pages you have in your history, it can take some time to clear the data.
If you are just wanting to clear a few pages you visited, check off the pages you want clear and click on Remove Selected Items. Once you have clicked the button, a window will pop up. Simply click Remove and the pages you don’t want to be in your history will be removed.
How to Clear Cache in Safari Browser
If you use Safari browser, the following steps can help you learn how to clear browser history on a Mac.
- Open Safari browser.
- Click on ‘Menu’ in Mac menu bar and select ‘Preferences’.
- Switch to ‘Advanced’ tab and check the box next to ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar’.
- Get back to ‘Menu Bar’.
- Select ‘Develop’ menu and click ‘Empty Caches’ (‘Command-Option-E’ to delete cache files).
- Refresh your webpages for Safari to rebuild cached data.
How to Clear Cache in Google Chrome
For those who use Google Chrome, the following steps can help you clear browsing history.
- Run Google Chrome.
- Select ‘Google Chrome’ menu in Mac menu bar and click ‘Clear Browsing Data’ (Command-Shift-Delete).
- Select ‘Basic’ or simply switch to ‘Advanced’ tab and check the box next to ‘Cached images and files’.
- You may also select other values you want to delete in the same menu.
- Click on ‘Clear Data’ empty cache in Google Chrome.
How to Clear Your Cache in Firefox
For Firefox Browser users, it is also possible to clear search history and web history in a few simple clicks.
- Launch Mozilla Firefox.
- Click on ‘Firefox’ menu in Mac menu bar and choose ‘Preferences’ (or hold Command-).
- Switch to ‘Privacy & Security‘ tab and find ‘Cached Web Content’.
- Click ‘Clear Now’ to delete browser cache.
- Another additional option: you can choose the box next to ‘Override automatic cache management’ and set the value to limit the size of cache files.
How to Clear Cache Files in Opera Browser
It is also easy to delete all cache files in ‘Opera’ by following next steps:
- Run Opera.
- Click on ‘Opera’ menu in Mac menu bar and choose ‘Clear Browsing Data’ (Command-Shift-Delete).
- Check the box next to ‘Cached images and files’.
- You may choose other items you want to delete in the same menu.
- Click on ‘Clear Browsing Data’ to remove Opera cache, including website history.
How to Clear Cache in Internet Explorer
If you prefer to use the traditional browser – Internet Explorer, then the following steps you may find helpful:
- Launch Internet Explorer.
- Click on the ‘Gear Icon’ to access Tools, select Safety > Delete browsing history (Ctrl-Shift-Delete).
- Uncheck the box ‘Preserve Favorites website data’ and check ‘Temporary Internet files’.
- In the same menu, you can also choose other items to delete.
- Click ‘Delete’ and confirm the deleting process of all cache files.
The mentioned ways can be useful for your system if you haven’t removed your cache in a while. However, you can also delete all cache files from different browsers by using the third-party apps like MacFly Pro or others. They have features designed to erase all unneeded files right away.
How to view Chrome history
Viewing your history helps you find the web pages that you have visited.
- On your Windows computer, open the Chrome app then select More
- Select History > History (or press CTRL – H).
- Now you can see your full history.
- You can also search your history.
How to delete search history in Chrome
- Launch Chrome
- Click History (or press CTRL – SHIFT -DELETE)
- Select History
- Select Clear Browsing Data
- A new popup window will appear. You may choose to clear: ‘the past hour’, ‘the past day’, ‘the past week’, ‘the last 4 weeks’ and ‘the beginning of time’. You can also choose what to delete: “Browsing History”, “Download History”, “Cookies” Cached Images and Files”, “Passwords”, “Autofill Form Data”, “Hosted App Data” and “Media Licenses”. After your selections, click Clear Browsing Data to delete.
How to delete a specific site from your history
- Open Chrome
- Select History > History
- To delete specific sites, select a site from the list
- Click Remove Selected Items.
If you are interested, we did the same type of posts also for Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari and Firefox. Check them out if you need to delete the browser history from those browsers as well.
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