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Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!

Data Doctors Tech Tips | Ken Colburn & Brandon Disney
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Original Air Date: Nov 16, 2020

How to Ignore Your Cache

Caching is an automatic process that occurs in your browser virtually every time you visit the websites that you use the most.

Think of it as storage space for your favorite websites as copies of the main structure of the site get saved to a special folder on your local hard drive.

Without this very simple process, everything on the web would take a bit longer, so it’s awesome except when it’s not.

Items in your browser cache can actually cause some problems when you visit sites that you’ve previously downloaded.

Today’s tip is for those rare occasions when a website seems to be having a problem loading.

You can tell your browser to ignore your local cache to see if it’s causing the problem by using the keyboard combination of Ctrl-F5 together.

If you’re a Mac user, the keyboard combo of Command -> Shift and the letter R will tell your computer to ignore the cache.

If you find that ignoring the cache lets the troublesome website to load, it’s a sign that you should clear the browser cache, which is detailed here: