Delete temporary Internet files

This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8.

Follow these steps to delete the files and information that Internet Explorer stores on your computer. This information includes the list of websites you have visited, cookies, information you've entered into web forms (for example, your name and address), website passwords, and other temporarily saved information. Your links and favorites will not be deleted.

Delete temporary files in Internet Explorer 7

  1. Open Internet Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking Internet Options.

  2. Click the General tab, and then, under Browsing history, click Delete.

  3. Click Delete all, click Yes to confirm that you want to delete this information, and then click OK.

Delete temporary files in Internet Explorer 8

  1. Open Internet Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking Internet Options.

  2. Click the Safety button, and then click Delete Browsing History.

  3. Select the check box next to each category of information you want to delete.

  4. Select the Preserve Favorites website data check box if you do not want to delete the cookies and files associated with websites in your Favorites list.

  5. Click Delete. This could take awhile if you have a lot of files and history.

Note

  • Deleting everything can free hard disk space, solve problems with your web browser, and provide some additional privacy, but it might inconvenience you by removing information you might need on the Internet. For example, you will have to retype passwords that were previously stored on your computer.