How to Clear Cache in Microsoft Edge

Clear cache to keep Edge running smoothly

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Data cached is so pages can load faster because Edge doesn’t have to download every item on it. However, a cache can also include scripts and media too and can slow down Microsoft Edge. Clear cache regularly to speed things up.

Instructions in this article apply to Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

Reasons to Clear the Cache

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 Websites can and do change the data on their websites regularly, so there’s a chance that what’s in your cache is outdated. When that outdated information is loaded, you won't see the most up-to-date information from the websites you visit.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

Also, 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. Once there, you have the option to choose what you want to clear. For instance, you might only want to clear cache and nothing else. You might want to clear cache, browsing history, and form data, among others.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Select the Settings and More menu (the three ellipses).
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select the Privacy & Security tab in the left pane of the Settings menu.
  5. Select the Choose What to Clear button in the Clear Browsing Data section.
  6. Select the checkboxes of the types of data you want to clear from the cache.
  7. Choose 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.

Clear the Cache When You Close the Window

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Another option is to set Microsoft Edge to clear the cache automatically every time you close the browser window.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Select the Settings and More menu (the three ellipses).
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select the Privacy & Security tab in the left pane of the Settings menu.
  5. Select the Choose What to Clear button in the Clear Browsing Data section.
  6. Select the checkboxes of the types of data you want to clear from the cache.
  7. Toggle the Always Clear This When I Close the Browser to On.
  8. Exit the Edge Settings menu.

Every time you close the Microsoft Edge web browser window, the cache will be cleared automatically.