How to Clear Cache in Microsoft Edge

Clear cache to keep Edge running smoothly

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A cache is data that Microsoft Edge saves to your hard drive in a reserved space often referred to as the cache store. The items saved here consist of data that doesn’t change much, like images, logos, headers, and the like, that you often see running across the top of web pages. If you look at the top of any of our Lifewire pages, you’ll see the Lifewire logo. Chances are that logo has already been cached by your computer.

The reason this type of data is cached is because a browser can pull an image or logo from the hard drive a lot faster than it can download it from the internet. So, when you visit a web page, it can load faster because Edge doesn’t have to download every item on it. But a cache consists of more than images; it can include scripts and media too.

Reasons to Clear the Cache

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Because the cache consists of items Edge finds and saves while you surf the web, and because websites can and do change the data on their websites regularly, there’s a chance that sometimes what’s in your cache is outdated. When that outdated information is loaded, you won't see the most up-to-date information from the websites you visit.

Additionally, a cache can sometimes include forms. If you’re trying to fill out a form but running into problems, consider clearing the cache and trying again. Furthermore, when a website upgrades its hardware or revamps security, cached data might not let you log in or access available features. You might not be able to view media or make purchases.

Finally, and more often than you’d expect, the cache simply gets corrupt, and there’s no explanation why. When this happens, all kinds of difficult-to-diagnose issues arise. If you find you’re having trouble with Edge that you can’t pinpoint, clearing the cache might help. 

Clear the Cache (Step-By-Step)

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To clear the cache, you’ll need to navigate to the Clear Browsing Data option. To get there:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and More menu (the three ellipses).
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Clear Browsing Data.
  5. Click Clear. 

As noted in the introduction, this clears the cache and your browsing history, cookies and saved website data, and tabs you’ve set aside or recently closed.

Choose What to Clear

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You can choose what you want to clear. You might only want to clear cache and nothing else. You might want to clear cache, browsing history, and form data, among others. To choose what you want to clear: 

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and More menu (the three ellipses).
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Underneath Clear Browsing Data, click Choose What to Clear.
  5. Select only the items to clear and deselect the rest.