If you’re running low on storage space, or spot some unusual behavior from Windows 10, one of the first things you should do is clear the cache. Window has a number of caches, system caches, such as temporary files, browser cache, and all. These types of cache can cause running slow speed of your device and low storage space so that you cannot run any other programs or software you want or need to install on Windows.
This article will walk you through how to clear the cache on Windows 10. The methods or ways we are going to describe can be also applied to Windows previous versions-Windows 8, Windows 7, and others. So let’s not waste the time, after all, it’s about your PC. Read on.
How to Clear Temporary Files on Windows 10
First of all, temporary files most of the time full space on your PC, it is needed to delete all the temporary files on your PC. It may some of these are system protected so you may not be able to delete these caches.
1. Right-click on the Windows button on the bottom left of your PC screen. Click on Run to open it.
Alternatively, Press Window Key + R keyboard shortcut simultaneously to open the Run command box on your PC. Once the command opens in the bottom left corner of your PC screen, now write %temp% in it and hit enter.
2. Now, you will see here the multiple files. Select All files in the folder and click Delete. It does not end here. Now, again open the Run command box and write temp in it, and hit Enter. Now delete all the files in the folder as we did previously.
3. Now, again right-click on Window key and click on Run. Type temp in the run command box and hit enter. Now, delete all the files in this temp folder also.
4. When you delete these files, it means you’ve deleted all the temporary files on your system.
How to Delete Unnecessary files Cache on your System
Where did these caches come from? These all caches stored by your local and download application for a prompt and speedy response. Over time the cache data can be replaced by a new one without getting rid of the older ones, by apps not configured to do so. You may thus eventually in some time ahead have to clear your cache manually.
To clear unnecessary files cache on your system, follow these steps:
1. Open the Start button and in the search bar, type Cleanmgr. Leanmanager is used to clean unnecessary files in the drive.
2.Now, you need manually select the various hard drives you have installed e.g: C: D: etc. ONE by ONE and click Ok. You can choose the various file types you want to delete in the next Window. Select all if you want to flush them all at once. But make sure before selecting them, it may that you deleted some important items.
3. Now, click on Clean Up System Files at the bottom of the Window. Click on Ok again. Wait for a while, and now select all the cached items which you want to delete on your PC. You have now cleared your cache..
How to Clear Cache from Windows 10 Storage
To clear cache from Windows 10 storage, make sure you follow the steps correctly:
1.First of all, open Setting from the Window Start Button. Click on Window Start button in the taskbar and then click on the Gear icon (Settings).
Alternatively, go to the search bar and type Settings, and hit enter. Settings will open on your PC.
2.Once the Settings is opened, choose System from there. Now click on Storage from the left menu. After that, click on Configure storage sense or run it now from the right.
3. Click on Clean now. Wait for a while and the system will clean the temp unused files from your PC. After a while, it will prompt how much space has been saved on your system.
How to Clear Temporary Files Cache on Windows 10 using Disk Cleanup
Disk Cleanup can be also the best option to clear all the temporary file cache on your system. Find out how you can clear temporary files cache on Windows 10 using disk cleanup.
Open Start and go to the search bar. Type there “Disk Cleanup” and hit enter or click on the disk cleanup. Make sure that drive “C” is selected, and click Ok now.
You need to check the box to “Temporary Files” it’s up to you if you check other kinds of files. Now, click Ok. It may take a few seconds, especially if your files are large. Once it’s done, your temporary file cache will be deleted.
How to Clear the File Explorer History
This is also important to clear the File Explorer history, somewhere it may also fill up space on your PC. To learn how you can clear the file explorer history on your PC.
First of all, open File Explorer on your PC and open any File Explorer Window on your PC. Two ways you can follow to clear the file explorer history.
First, open the folder in File Explorer, or click on the File Explorer icon in the Windows taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
Click on the “View” tab at the top of the Window. In the ribbon, click Options. Now go to the General tab in the privacy section, and hit Clear.
As soon as you hit Clear, your File Explorer history will be deleted.
How to Clear Window Store Cache on Windows 10
Window Store can have an evident amount of cache data. Though, Windows also provides a utility to clear this cache. If you want to know how to clear Windows Store cache on Windows 10, follow the below step:
1. Open the Run Command on your PC by tapping the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R. Run the command Window on the PC. Type WSReset.exe and press Enter. Doing so will clear the store cache.
2. If you want so you can also clear your Location Data Stored by locally by following the steps listed below.
3. Open the Start key at the bottom left end of your screen. Now, select Settings and open it. Under Settings choose Privacy. Now, in the left tab, find and click on Location.
4. Now on the right side hit Clear to clear the location data. Doing so will clear your location history.
How to Clear Your DNS Cache on Windows 10
DNS-Domain Name Server has also a lot of caches stored on your system while browsing the web. Since the DNS route keeps changing, one should clear its cache for better access to the Web. If you want to clear your DNS cache on Windows 10, you just need to do few things.
Simply launch the Run Command Prompt on your PC and write the command “ipconfig /flushdns.” This will get rid of the DNS cache.
How to Clear Thumbnail Cache on Windows 10
Sometimes Windows save the thumbnail view of its files to provide an effortless experience to its users. Though, these thumbnails can sometimes accumulate to form a lot of space.
If you want to clear this Windows Thumbnail Cache on Windows 10, you need to open the Disk Clean.
Go to the Search bar on the system in the left end corner of your computer screen and type Disk Cleanup. Click on it to open it. Open the Disk Clean up Wizard opened, select “Thumbnails” to be deleted. That’s it.
How to Clear Browser’s Cache
Browser’s cache can also stop or hassle the smooth running of your computer. Cached information can help websites load faster, but it can also prevent you from seeing the most up-to-date version of a webpage; in some cases, it can also cause the webpage to load improperly or fail to load at all. In this article, we will teach you how you can clear the cache on all popular browsers, including Windows, and iOS browsers.
How to Clear Google Browser’s Cache
1.First of all, open Google Chrome on your PC. Click on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.
2.Choose More Tools. You can find this option near the bottom of the drop-down menu. When you select it, it will prompt a pop-menu to appear. Now click on clear browsing data in the pop-out menu. Doing so opens a window with data clearing options.
3. Now, you will need to select the time range. Click the Time range box, and then click All time in the drop-down menu to ensure that all cached images and files are cleared. If you want so you can also select a different option such as Last Hour.
4. Now, mark the Cached images and files box. You can find this in the middle of the Window. Make sure is this is already checked, skip this step. You can uncheck every other box on this page if you’re only trying to clear the cache.
5. Now hit Clear Data. You can find this option in the bottom-right corner of the window. Doing so will clear Google Chrome’s cache.
How to Clear Firefox Browser’s Cache
To clear the Firefox browser’s cache, follow below mentioned-step:
1.Open Firefox on your system. Click on three horizontal lines in the top-right corner of the Window. Once you click on it, a drop-down menu will appear in front of you.
2. Now, select Options from the drop-down menu. Click Privacy & Security. It’s on the left panel. Click the Clear History button. It’s under the “History” header in the right panel.
3. Now, hit the Clear History button under the “History” header in the right panel. Again, you will be asked to specify the time range. Click the “Time range to clear” drop-down box, then click Everything in the drop-down menu.
4. Finally, you need to select the item you want to delete or clear from the browsers. Now, check the Cache checkbox, and other things is optional, You can uncheck every other box in this section if you only want to clear the cache. Click Ok to finish the task. Doing so will clear your Firefox browser’s cache.
How to Clear Microsoft Edge Browser’s Cache
To clear the cache on your Microsoft Edge Browser, make sure you follow the steps below:
First of all, open the Microsoft Edge on your PC. Now, press the Control + Shift + Delete-keyboard shortcut. Doing so will bring up the Clear browsing data on Windows. If you want so you can also get here by tapping the menu at the top-right corner, selecting History, and then clicking the “Clear Browsing Data.”
Now, you will need to choose the time range. In most browsers when you clear the cache you will have to select the time range to delete the cache from the browsers. To do so, select how much data to clear from the Time range menu at the top.
Now, you will need to choose what to clear. If you just want to clear the cache, check the box next to “Cached images and files” and remove the other checkmarks. Finally, hit the blue Clear now button. Doing so will clear the Edge Cache.
How to Clear Safari Browser’s Cache
To learn how you can clear safari browser’s cache for macOS, read the following steps below.
Open Safar on the dock at the bottom of your desktop. Now, enable the Develop menu. Make sure that if you already see a Develop menu in the menu bar at the top of the screen you can skip this step. If not, then follow the ahead step and see how to enable develop the menu.
Open the Safari menu and click on Preferences. Now click on the Advanced tab and then mark the box next to the “Show Develop menu in the menu bar.”
Open the Develop menu. After you’ve enabled it, you can find it in the menu bar at the top of the screen. Now hit Empty Caches. Doing so will clear all the cache from Safari browser.
How to Clear Internet Explorer Browser’s Cache
To clear the internet explorer cache, make sure to read the below steps:
First of all, click the little gear icon in the corner and choose Safety and then Delete browsing history ( or alternatively, click Ctrl + Shift + Delete).
Doing so will prompt up on the screen and give you the option to delete your browsing history en masse-i.e. there is no other way to just delete smaller spans of time such as the last hour, or the previous day.
Click the box next to the types of information you would like to delete, and then click the Delete button at the bottom.
How to Clear Browser’s Cookies
Whenever you visit any website, a small piece of information sent from a website and stored on your computer. The type of information websites saves can range from your personal details such as name, address, and phone number to innocuous material like what you were viewing, or your shopping cart.
However, cookies in many ways are quite convenient and usually harmless. Because when cookies stored on your computer, a website doesn’t have to request that information every time you visit it, which saves time and allows a site to personalize your visit. But why is it harmless- First is that a malicious site could “stalk” you online or invade your privacy. Secondly, old cookies, which contain old information that could be corrupted, causing error messages.
This is not enough; there are still a lot of other reasons which tell you should delete the browser’s cookies.
How to Clear Google Chrome Cookies in Windows 10
To clear the Google Chrome Cookies in Window 10, follow the step:
Click on the Window button in the bottom left end corner of your screen and select Settings. Alternatively, go to the search bar, and type Settings, and click on it.
Once the Settings is opened, scroll down and choose Advanced. Scroll down to the Privacy & Security section, and click the Clear Browsing Data.
Doing so will open the pop-up menu. You need to select the time range. Click on the Time range. Now, check the Cookies and other Site Data, and then hit Clear Data.
How to Clear Cookies in Firefox on Windows 10
To clear cookies in Firefox, make sure you follow the below steps:
Open the Start menu on your PC in the top right and click Options. A new tab will open, select Privacy & Security, and then scroll down until you see History. Hit the Clear History.
You will see the pop-up will appear in front of you, select Everything, and then select Cookies. Click Clear Now. That’s it. You have successfully deleted all your cookies on Firefox.
How to Clear Cookies in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
To clear cookies in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, follow the steps:
First of all open the menu in the top right corner of your screen and select Settings. Alternatively, go to the search bar, and type Settings, and click on it.
Scroll down and click Choose what to clear under Clear Browsing Data. Now, select Cookies and saved website data and then click Clear Data.
How to Clear Cookies via Control Panel
You can also clear cookies via Control Panel if you want to do so.
Go to the Search bar in the lower-left corner of your screen and type cmd. It will open the Command Prompt on your system. Right-click on the Command Prompt and click Run as Administrator.
Now, type RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 2 and hit enter. It will delete the cookies stored on your system.
How to Block Cookies on Google Chrome
Once you clear the cookies, it may that the cookies again will store from the same sites on your PC. In this case, you can also choose to disable tracking by blocking cookies altogether, instead of just clearing them once in a while.
Now, open the menu in the top right corner of your pc and click Settings. Once the Settings is opened, scroll down and select Advanced.
Scroll down to the Privacy & Security and select Content Settings. Select Cookies and choose the option that you want out of those shown below.
How to Block Cookies on Microsoft Edge
Learn how to block cookies on Microsoft Edge.
First of all, click on the Window and select Settings. Alternatively, go to the search bar, and type Settings, and click on it. Under the Settings window, scroll down and click Choose what to clear under Clear Browsing Data.
Click the Slider under Always clear this when I close the browser. Now, go back to the Advanced Settings. Scroll down and open the Slider under Cookies. Select Block All Cookies. That’s it.
How to Block Cookies on Mozilla Firefox
To block the cookies on Mozilla Firefox, follow the steps:
Again, click the menu bar in the top right and click Options. Now, you will see that a new tab will open. Select Privacy & Security and then scroll down under Content Blocking.
If you want you also choose to block Third-Party Cookies. In the section directly below Cookies and Site Data, select Block cookies and site data.
You can also choose to clear data. This will delete cookies as well as cache, and all other site data.
Hey guys! This was the guide about how to clear cache Windows 10. Your cache and cookies both can sometimes do more harm than good, then it makes sense to clear them every once in a while. We have discussed the multiple ways and types through which you can clear the cache and every cache on your system so that you can work freely. Hopefully, the steps in this tutorial have helped you better understood how to do that, and given you more control of where your browsing data is going.
Still if you have any query related to this article; feel free to leave the comment below.