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Thread: How do I empty your cache (delete cookies) on my computer?

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    Senior Member maryb44662's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Try this.
    Click the START icon in the lower left corner of your screen....(could show as a blue globe with 4 squares)
    Click CONTROL PANEL in the right column that pops up.
    Click INTERNET OPTIONS from the list.
    Click the GENERAL tab at the top of the list.
    Under "Browsing History" click DELETE.
    On the list that pops up, click the tiny box by TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES, and COOKIES, and HISTORY.
    Click DELETE. A smaller window pops up that shows it's working and it will close when done. (The more frequently you do this the shorter time it will take the computer to accomplish the clean up.)

    Alternatively you can do this regularly.
    Click START as before.
    Click ALL PROGRAMS.
    Click ACCESSORIES (Look for it, it WILL be there!)
    Click SYSTEM TOOLS.
    Click DISK CLEAN-UP.
    Click OKAY.

    The computer figures how much space you can save.
    Click the little box beside "Downloaded Program Files, Temporary Internet Files, Recycle Bin, Temporary Files, and Thumbnails.
    Then click OKAY.
    Then click DELETE FILES in small window that comes up.
    I do this every couple of days to delete cookies, and open extra space in the cache.

    I use a program called CCleaner that my paid computer guru put on my laptop. You might google it from Piriform to see if it can be downloaded for free from the internet. I just click that CCleaner icon and it goes from there, eliminating a few clicking steps.

    [MTS, [About a site telling her to clear her cache] it's possible that she has never cleared her cache of graphics which have eaten up her data space and that's why an internet site, which probably was not loading properly, asked her to clear her cache. Especially if she has an older computer with less GBs. Graphics are "heavy" users of 'space'.]

    Hope this helps you!!

    Jan in VA
    Thanks Jan, I printed out your instructions and applied them to my computer and it worked. Thanks again...
    MaryB

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    It is a big help to me for sure! Thanks so much now I don't have to wait for a dear little GS!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

    Sharon
    Yorkville, IL

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    where is the Run window? I click on Start, & only see Search.
    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by T. View Post
    where is the Run window? I click on Start, & only see Search.
    Thank you
    If you are set up this way, try typing the word TEMP into the search space. See if a window pops up with CONTROL PANEL at the top of it. The second item is DELETE COOKIES OR TEMPORARY FILES. Click this. Then you can also click the 3rd line DELETE BROWSING HISTORY to clear even more space.

    Jan in VA
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    peacefully colors my world.

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    THank you, Jan. Mine came up with Internet Properties, but it had the same items you mentioned. so I deleted everything, except "password". I deleted a whole bunch of temp files when I typed in %temp% via the Window Explorer. I hope this will help my sluggish computer.
    Thank you again

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    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
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    T,
    There is one more necessary maintenance process you should use on your computer if it is sluggish. It's called "defragging" and it allows the computer to access, sort, and compress files (not just things you've written) so that the data space is more efficient.

    Click START.
    Click ALL PROGRAMS (it's there, you'll have to just really look)
    Click ACCESSORIES ( " )
    Click SYSTEM TOOLS.
    Click DISK DEFRAGMENTER.
    Click DEFRAGMENT DISK
    The computer will take it from there. If you haven't done this in a while, or ever, it may take a while - up to hours! You can leave it working overnight if you wish.

    Hopefully this will improve things for you!

    Jan in VA
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