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Tech: Clearing Firefox Cache

Joe Offer 07 Dec 11 - 03:28 PM
Joe Offer 07 Dec 11 - 03:35 PM
bobad 07 Dec 11 - 04:07 PM
Joe Offer 07 Dec 11 - 04:58 PM
scouse 07 Dec 11 - 06:29 PM
Jack Campin 07 Dec 11 - 07:13 PM
kendall 07 Dec 11 - 07:51 PM
Joe Offer 07 Dec 11 - 08:44 PM
llareggyb 08 Dec 11 - 12:53 AM
Stilly River Sage 08 Dec 11 - 01:00 AM
Joe Offer 08 Dec 11 - 01:04 AM
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Subject: Tech: Clearing Firefox Cache
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Dec 11 - 03:28 PM

A friend of mine has been having trouble starting threads here. I told him to hit the "F5" button on his browser to load a new page, and that worked for him this time. Another thing I suggested was clearing his browser cache every couple weeks, since that generally helps Internet browsing go more smoothly.

But he's using Mozilla Firefox as a browser. I stopped using Firefox and moved to Google Chrome quite some time ago because I thought Firefox was becoming cumbersome, bogged down with too many featured. I opened Firefox 4.0.1 today and found it more cumbersome than I remembered. To clear the cache, I had to:

  • right-click on the top of the browser and choose to display the menu bar
  • Select tools, then options, then advanced, then network
  • click the "clear now" button and then hit "OK."

I suppose I'm technically adept enough to do this myself without much hassle, but how do I explain something like this to a beginner?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Tech: Clearing Firefox Cache
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Dec 11 - 03:35 PM

oh....and now I've updated to Firefox 8.0.1, but clearing the cache seems to work the same way. There's a keyboard shortcut [CTRL+Shift+del] for clearing recent browsing history, but I don't think that clears the cache of old pages and scripts and such - or does it?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Tech: Clearing Firefox Cache
From: bobad
Date: 07 Dec 11 - 04:07 PM

Running XP or Windows7 ?

With Windows7 a dialog box opens where you can select what you want to clear - cache is one of the choices.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Clearing Firefox Cache
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Dec 11 - 04:58 PM

Oh, thanks, Bobad. That soes work nicely - [CTRL+Shift+del]


Kendall, are you watching this? Try pressing [CTRL+Shift+del] all at the same time, and see what comes up.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Tech: Clearing Firefox Cache
From: scouse
Date: 07 Dec 11 - 06:29 PM

Thanks Joe never knew that one.

As Aye,

Phil.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Clearing Firefox Cache
From: Jack Campin
Date: 07 Dec 11 - 07:13 PM

On a Mac (Firefox 3.6)

Tools menu > Clear Recent History ...

then select the appropriate options.

I never use the function keys. F5 seems to reload the page.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Clearing Firefox Cache
From: kendall
Date: 07 Dec 11 - 07:51 PM

Done. Now, how do I switch to google Chrome?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Clearing Firefox Cache
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Dec 11 - 08:44 PM

Google Chrome? I think you'll like it, Kendall. Click this link, and then click the blue download link and follow the instructions.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Tech: Clearing Firefox Cache
From: llareggyb
Date: 08 Dec 11 - 12:53 AM

I've had a similar cache problem with FireFox when I upload a new version of a music file to a web page with a link to the MP3. I've tried , & Clear Cache, usually without success -- I still get the old MP3 playing. I'll try a couple of the tricks above.

I suspect my problem is caused by one of the many add-on plugins, likely the download "helper", they're so tempting but sometimes more trouble than they're worth.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Clearing Firefox Cache
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Dec 11 - 01:00 AM

Firefox 8 doesn't accept Google Toolbar (yet), which I consider an essential program for any browser I use. This time I installed (then uninstalled) Firefox 8 but I haven't been able to successfully reinstall an earlier version (7) of Firefox with the Google the Toolbar. Hopefully Google will catch up since they have for IE's latest version.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tech: Clearing Firefox Cache
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Dec 11 - 01:04 AM

I use a 32-inch widescreen LCD television as a monitor. Usually, I love it, but browser toolbars at the top make the display too crowded to view comfortably. So, I have grown to hate toolbars. One time, a nun I work with asked me to help her with her sluggish computer. She's one of those people who always say "yes" when the computer says, "do you want...." - so half her screen was crowded with toolbars.

Geesh.


-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Tech: Clearing Firefox Cache
From: ChrisJBrady
Date: 08 Dec 11 - 05:18 AM

Use Cookie Cleaner from

http://www.piriform.com/

Great FREE programme for cleaning out all the cr£p that websites dump onto your hard-drive - a bit like a Colonic Irrigation for computers!!


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