How to Delete Temporary Internet Files
Temporary internet files are files that your browser automatically saves (caches) on your storage drive when you visit a website. These files are created when you first visit a page so that when you visit it for a second time, you’ll be able to access it faster. While temporary internet files can help you access websites faster, they take up a significant amount of space on your storage drive. By deleting these files, you can regain valuable storage space.
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Cookies and temporary internet files
Internet or web cookies are a little different than temporary internet files, but are often removed together. Cookies identify you to a website that you've visited previously. They allow websites you visit to prepare customized pages for you; for example, showing items you've previously searched for. Cookies are saved on your storage drive as part of your browser.
How to remove cookies and temporary internet files
It's a good idea to remove cookies and other temporary internet files occasionally. You can delete the files either through your browser or your computer's Control Panel.
Where are temporary internet files stored?
Where your temporary internet files are stored will depend on your operating system, and the browser you are using. There are a couple of ways to locate your temp files, either through the browser itself or through the control panel. You can also delete your temporary internet files this way.
Remove temporary internet files through your browser
If you want to remove cookies from your browser, the exact instructions will depend on what browser you use. For most browsers, the following will work:
- Go into settings (the gear icon)
- Choose Internet Options
- Find the place to clear temporary files and cookies
Remove temporary internet files through the Control Panel
- Go to the Start menu.
- Select Control Panel, then Network and Internet, then Internet Options, then Delete browsing history and cookies.
- Click Delete under Browsing History.
- You can also select Delete browsing history on exit, which will delete temporary files each time you close your browser.
You can remove temporary internet files and cookies as frequently as you need to keep your storage drive clear, allowing the pages you want to load quickly with the information you want them to have.
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