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How to delete temporary Internet files

When you visit a website, your browser automatically saves (or "caches") temporary Internet files on your storage drive. These files are cached when you first visit a page so that when you visit it for a second time, you'll be able to access it faster. Although temporary Internet files can help you access websites faster, they take up a significant amount of storage. By deleting these files, you can reclaim valuable storage capacity.

Since most people visit multiple websites every day, we recommend deleting temporary Internet files once per week. Here's how to do it.

Windows® 10 and Windows® 8

  • Right-click the Start button, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet, click Delete browsing history and cookies
  • When the property sheet opens, click the Delete... button
  • A selection window will appear, then click the types of files you want to delete, click Delete
  • The files will begin to be removed

Windows® 7 and Windows® Vista

  • Click the Start button, click Control Panel, and under Internet Options, then click Delete browsing history and cookies
  • Click the Delete files button and a confirmation window will appear
  • Click Yes, and the files will begin to be removed

Windows® XP

  • Click the Start button, click Control Panel, then click Internet Options
  • Click the Delete Temporary Internet Files button and the files will begin to be removed

Note: You will also have the ability to delete cookies, history, form data, and passwords from this window in each version of Windows.

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