Cache and cookies go hand-in-hand when it comes to web browsing. While the cache stores information regarding the website locally on your machine, the cookies remember your personal preferences of the website, like cart items, visual settings, and passwords amongst other things.
Typically, it is not recommended to clear or remove the cache and cookies from the computer; there are two major reasons for it, first, cache is designed to be automatically removed from your system. That being said, some caches will be present in the system for a few days while others can be present for days/years.
The other reason for not clearing the caches and cookies is that it will log you out of all your accounts, and delete your user preferences for websites which will hamper your user experience the next time you visit the website.
However, if you are facing an issue or unexpected behavior on the website, clearing the cache and cookies is the first and foremost step that can help you resolve the issue.
1. Clear Cache on Microsoft Edge
Clearing cache in Microsoft Edge is a simple task that is almost similar to the process that is present on other browsers. In addition to that, you can also set the browser to clear the cached data automatically every time you exit the browser.
From Microsoft Edge, click on the ‘Ellipsis’ icon and then click on the ‘Settings’ option. This will open a new tab.
After that, click on the ‘Privacy, search, and services’ option in the left-side panel of the page.
In the ‘Privacy, search, and services’ page, scroll down to the ‘Clear browsing data’ section and click on the ‘Choose what to clear’ button to proceed.
A dialog box to ‘Clear browsing data’ will open. Select the time range by clicking on the drop-down button and check the box beside the ‘Cached images and files’ option. Then click on the ‘Clear now’ button.
That’s it, the cache is now cleared from the browser.
Automatically Clear Cache on Exit
Automatically clearing cached data when closing Edge is a brilliant feature. To enable it, access Microsoft Edge Settings from the Menu options.
Like in the previous method, click on ‘Privacy, search, and services’ in the left-side panel of the page.
Then, in the ‘Clear browsing data’ section, click on ‘Choose what to clear every time you close the browser’.
Then, click on the toggle switch followed by the ‘Cached images and files’ to bring it to the ‘On’ position.
If you don’t want to clear cookies and other site data of a particular website, click on the ‘Add’ button as seen in the below image.
A new dialog box to enter the website address will open. Enter the website address in the text box below the ‘Site’ option. You may enable or disable clearing third-party websites on that particular site by checking/unchecking the button beside it. Then, click on the ‘Add’ button.
Microsoft Edge will now automatically clear the cache when you close the browser except for any websites you add in the exceptions.
2. Clear Cookies on Microsoft Edge
As mentioned above, cookies are packets of information that websites deposit on the local storage of your computer to remember your preferences. In Microsoft Edge, you can clear the cookies for either all the websites or a single website.
To delete cookies for all websites, from the Microsoft Edge Home Screen, click on the ‘Ellipsis’ icon and then click on the ‘Settings’ option.
After that, click on the ‘Cookies and site permissions’ option from the left side panel.
Then, from the right section of the window, click on the ‘Manage and delete cookies and site data’ tile to continue.
Now, click on the ‘See all cookies and site data’ option.
After that, click on the ‘Remove all’ button to remove all the saved cookies for all websites.
If you wish to remove cookies only for a single website, you can either use the search bar present on the top right of the page or manually scroll down to locate the website. Once located, click on it to continue.
Then, click on the ‘Trash’ icon to delete the cookies from your local storage. Repeat the process for each website. That’s it, you have successfully deleted cookies for specific websites in Microsoft Edge.
To delete the cookies for a website currently open in the browser, head to the tab where the website is opened and then click on the ‘Lock’ icon in the address bar. Next, click on the ‘Cookies’ option. This will open a separate window on your screen.
Now, click on a category of cookies to select and click on the ‘Remove’ button to delete the cookies from your local storage. Repeat the process for each category.
That’s all about it, folks. If you are encountering a particular issue on a website or with the browser, you can simply delete the cookies and cache using the methods mentioned above.