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TECH TIPS

Learn tips and hints to use a variety of electronic and technical equipment to enhance work with volunteers.

~February 2012~

  • Cache Clog?

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CACHE CLOG?

Too much cache can clog the speed of your computer with a network, wireless or otherwise.  You need to clean the “memory” – cache – of old websites off you computer.  Why?  Every time you visit a website a complete copy of that website, including photos is downloaded and stored on your computer. It can be stored for as long as 2 ½ years.  The more surfing the Web the more cache is stored on your computer.


Microsoft Internet Explorer:

  • Go to "Tools" menu +and "Internet Options"

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  • Look for "Temporary Internet Files" in the window that appears.  By simply pressing the buttons you can delete Cookies (which are small files that some websites place on your computer to track your visits to their sites) or Files (which are actual web pages and images).  You can also clear the history of where you have been on the internet and set the number of days worth of history you'd like your computer to record. 

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Safari
Safari has three options. 

  • Open Safari and pull down the menu under “Safari
  • 1. Go to preferences + General + Remove History Items.  You can then set how often want the cache emptied.
  • 2. Go to pull down menu under “Safari” and there is an option to “empty cache.”  Follow the instructions. 
  • 3. There is also an option for “private browsing” which means the cache is never saved.

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