Internet Explorer saves certain data while browsing the website to speed up the loading time of web pages in what is known as the cache. This is a beneficial mechanism by default that saves both time and bandwidth, but it is not without issues.
Cache can prevent you from viewing the most recent changes made to the website since parts of the old website are still saved in your browser’s cache, this can impact anybody from the average user to web developers/designers.
Clearing your cache isn’t harmful, so if your experience any issues with a website displaying elements incorrectly and don’t want to clear your whole cache, you should consider following the steps below to clear the cache on internet explorer
- Click the Gear Icon at the top, near the close button
- Press “Delete. . .”
- Make Sure to check “Temporary Internet Files And Website Files”
(Universal) Or alternatively, you can Press “Win+R” and enter “inetcpl.cpl” which will lead you to the same menu as shown below
Clear Cache On Microsoft Edge (Old Ver.)
Edge has a “Caching System”. Cache is used to speed up the performance of your browser, but can sometimes get corrupted and start displaying elements incorrectly, most of the time the problem is in the cache and in order to fix the issue you would need to clear the cache on your Microsoft Edge browser with the steps below.
Clear Cache On Microsoft Edge (New Ver.)
- Press the 3-dots on the right of your search bar
- Select History, or alternatively “Ctrl+H”
- Tap “Clear history”
- Select “Cached data and files” then press “Clear” Done!
Is it Harmful to Clear Cache on Internet Explorer?
No, cache is just a mechanism implement to speed up the performance of your browser by saving bits of repeating information from the web to your PC, although cache isn’t perfect and can get corrupted, which will lead to improper display of elements
“Cached data and files” means that you can load copies of data (images or any other media file) in your local cache data so that if you visit the website later on, it wont have to download every single element again.
If you are trying to solve issues with Microsoft Edge, clearing the cache with these default options is a good starting point.
Why Do We Need Cache In Browsers?
Cache is important because it improves the efficiency of data retrieval. as it is much faster to get data from your pc then to redownload from the web, so not only are you saving internet bandwidth but also increase the performance of your browser
Difference between Cookies and Cache.
- A major difference between a cookie and cache lies in the functions each one serves. Cookies are used to store a user’s information as well as online activity and history while the cache helps the browser to load web pages faster.
- Cookies enable the webserver to recognize the user and provide a more personalized browsing experience for the user, while cache helps the browser to recognize web pages that have been opened before so as to speed up the process.
- Another difference between cookies and cache is the lifespan. Cookies have a time-frame after which they expire, while cache has to be cleared manually, else they remain on your computer indefinitely.
The cookies and cache are both essential tools in optimizing your browsing experience, and although they play distinct roles, each role is directed towards a single goal, which is to make sure you have a great time surfing the net.