June 03, 2011

Clearing Browser Cookies and Cache

When working with Typepad or other online applications, you may find it helpful to clear the cookies and cache in your web browser if you encounter any problems. Click to jump to instructions for clearing browser data.

Why does a web browser cache data when you browse websites?

The short answer: To speed up the loading of pages you visit frequently around the internet.

As you navigate around a website, you'll notice some elements of the site's pages are the same, and these elements are stored in the cache on your computer for easier access. i.e. The banner at the top of your blog appears on each webpage of your blog. Instead of the banner image loading anew on each visit, the image is cached by the browser allowing the element to appear quicker as you click around your blog.

Why does the browser cache need to be cleared?

Unused cached content will clear from the cache automatically, but sometimes you'll want to force the cache to clear. For example, when you make changes to your blog's design, you want to see the changes right away, instead of the cached version, and you can force the cache to empty and display the most recent version to you.

Additionally, if a website is loading slowly or incompletely, the browser's cache may need to be cleared.

The cache is simply a temporary storage location on your hard drive which can be cleared any time. Clearing the cache also frees up space on the hard drive.

What are browser cookies?

A browser cookie is a small amount of data sent to your browser and stored on your hard drive. Cookies often tell websites your already saved preferences. i.e. The Remember me check box on the Typepad sign in page relies on a browser cookie to remember that you previously signed in when you return to the Typepad application.

Similar to the browser cache, the browser cookies can speed up navigation around the internet.

For information on how Typepad utilizes browser cookies, see the article on Typepad and Cookies.

Why do browser cookies need to be cleared?

Cookies can become corrupt resulting in errors or difficulty using online applications. It can also be a privacy concern if a cookie is saved with information you would rather not keep.

When you do experience problems with an online application, like Typepad, it is often recommended that you start by clearing the browser's cookies. You can clear all cookies or only cookies from a specific website with most browsers. Please note that clearing all cookies will require you to sign in again as the logged in sessions will end when the website's cookies are cleared from your hard drive.

Clearing Browser Data

The instructions to clear browser cookies and cache will vary depending on the type of browser, browser version, and operating system. You can find the instructions via the help menu in most browsers. Additionally, we've included brief instructions for clearing browser cookies and cache for the latest version of many popular browsers below.

Mobile Devices

Chrome (version 43)

To quickly clear cache, key Ctrl and F5 in Windows or Cmd+Shift+R on a Mac at the same time to force the webpage to refresh with the latest version. This option only impacts the webpage currently being viewed.

To clear the entire cache, open the Chrome menu, select Settings or Preferences, scroll down to the Privacy section, click Clear browsing data, check the box for cached images and files, and click the clear button. This can take a few moments to complete depending on how long it has been since the cache was cleared.

To clear all cookies and cache, the steps are similar to clearing the cache. In your browser, open the Chrome menu, select Settings or Preferences, scroll down to the Privacy section, click Clear browsing data, check the box for cookies, and click the clear button.

To clear individual cookies, open the Chrome menu, select Settings or Preferences, scroll down to the Privacy section, and click Clear settings button. There click the All cookies and site data button, enter typepad in the search field, and click Remove all shown.

For more information on Chrome settings, visit the Chrome help website.

Firefox (version 39)

To quickly clear cache, key Ctrl and F5 in Windows or Cmd+Shift+R on a Mac at the same time to force the webpage to refresh with the latest version. This option only impacts the webpage currently being viewed.

To clear the entire cache, open the Firefox menu, select Preferences, click the Privacy tab, select Clear Recent History, open the Details menu, check the box next to Cache, and click Clear Now. If not already, the Time range menu should be set to Everything.

To clear all cookies and cache, open the Firefox menu, select Preferences, click the Privacy tab, select Clear Recent History, open the Details menu, check the box next to Cookies, and click Clear Now. If not already, the Time range menu should be set to Everything.

To clear individual cookies, open the Firefox menu, select Preferences, click the Privacy tab, and click remove individual cookies. Enter typepad in the search field and click Remove All.

For more information on Firefox settings, visit the Firefox help website.

Internet Explorer (version 11)

To quickly clear cache, key Ctrl and F5 at the same time to force the webpage to refresh with the latest version. This option only impacts the webpage currently being viewed.

To clear cache, open the Internet Explorer Settings menu, select Options, and under the History section, click Select, check the box next to Cache, and click Delete.

To clear all cookies, open the Internet Explorer Settings menu, select Options, and under the History section, click Select, check the box next to Cookies, and click Delete.

To learn how to delete individual cookies in Internet Explorer, we recommend this tutorial.

For more information on Internet Explorer, visit the Internet Explorer support site.

Safari (version 8)

To quickly clear cache, key Ctrl and F5 in Windows or Cmd+Shift+R on a Mac at the same time to force the webpage to refresh with the latest version. This option only impacts the webpage currently being viewed.

To clear all cookies and cache, open the Safari Preferences menu, select Privacy, click the Remove All Website Data, and click Remove Now.

To clear individual cookies, open the Safari Preferences menu, select Privacy, and click the Details button. Enter typepad in the search field, select all, and click Remove.

Safari for iPhone/iPad

To clear all cached data and cookies, open Settings for your iOS device, select Safari, and tap the option for Clear Cookies and Data. Verify the action by tapping Clear in the confirmation window that appears.

If you need to remove all data for typepad.com, then select Advanced at the bottom of the Settings > Safari screen. Tap Website Data and Show All Sites. Locate each listing with typepad.com in the URL, then either swipe across the line of that listing to delete that specific instance, or tap Edit and then the red minus/subtract icons for each typepad.com site.

Updated 13 July 2015

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