How to clear the cache on a laptop?

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How to clear the cache on a laptop?

No matter the storage, we tend to run out of it pretty soon. This often keeps us juggling between what to delete and what to keep. One downside to keeping your storage full is that it hampers the overall performance of your laptop. It is generally advised not to use it up beyond 80% of its capacity. Apart from the obvious remedy of deleting big files to clear up storage, there are some nifty tricks you can employ to boost overall performance and clear up some. One of the most effective ones is clearing the cache.

What is cache?

A cache is the temporary files/storage of some data. It can be either a part of a website you visited or images from the last time you viewed it. Caches are generally stored in the storage of your laptop, especially for websites, to help the browser perform faster the next time you visit the same page.

It is generally advisable to clear the cache on your device from time to time. It will prevent you from using old forms and protect your personal information online as well.

Also read: All you need to know about RAM on your Laptop

How to clear the cache on your laptop?

Clearing cache, more often than not, means clearing temporary files of your browser. For Windows users, chances are you may be using either Chrome or Microsoft Edge. You can find the option to clear the cache within the settings option, but there is a shortcut that will make things easier and take you directly to the “Clear Browsing Data” page. You simply have to press and release three keys simultaneously: Ctrl + Shift + Delete.

For Mac users: Open Safari, press and release three keys together: Command + Alt + E. There are other ways to do it, but it is buried under multiple layers of the settings menu. Using the combination of keys is the easiest way.

One thing to note is that clearing the cache of any browser will close any tabs that are currently open and likely log you out of any websites as well.

Disk cleanup

Now that you have cleared all redundant files of the browser, it’s time you delete the temporary files related to each drive. During our use, there are tons of data and files generated, and many aren’t as useful during the long run but remain on your laptop.

There are multiple ways to do this, but the easiest way is to type Disk Cleanup in the Search box on the Taskbar. A pop-up window will appear, select the drive you want to clean up, and then select Ok. Now, select the type of files you want to delete and then select OK. A confirmation pop-up will appear, simply select OK and the files will be deleted. Repeat the same for all the drives.

For Mac users: To delete system-generated cache, type /Library/Caches in the Go menu in the Finder. To check how much space the System’s temporary files are taking up, right-click the cache folder and click Get info. Now, just delete whatever you don’t want!

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