To clear the browser cache for Microsoft Edge, click the Three Dots icon in the top right of your browser window.
A new history module shows up to see the most recently visited websites. You should see another Three Dots icon within that module. Click that.
In the resulting menu dropdown, choose Clear Browsing Data.
Microsoft Edge now opens a Clear Browsing Data window. You can check off the following items to include with your deletion:
- Browsing history.
- Download history.
- Cookies and other site data.
- Cached images and files.
What’s nice about Microsoft Edge is that it displays quantitive information like the number of browsing history items that will be deleted if you clear the cache. You can also view how much space you may free up from the cache clearing.
Scroll down the list to see three more data clearing options. These aren’t checked by default, so you’ll have to mark them yourself if you want to clean up passwords, autofill form data, and site permissions.
With your selection made, go through the Time Range field to indicate how far back in your cache you want to delete.
For the last step, click on the Clear Now button. That’s the easiest way to clear the browser cache in Microsoft Edge!
To get more specific with clearing the Edge cache, select the Three Dots icon in the upper right corner, then choose Settings.
Navigate to the Privacy, Search, and Services tab.
The first option is to Clear Browsing Data Now, which offers a button to Choose What To Clear and sends you to the popup window we discussed above with the checkboxes. It’s simply a different route to get there.
You also may want to explore the tab to Choose What to Clear Every Time You Close the Browser. This way, you can automatically clear the cache of unnecessary items after closing Edge; maybe you’d rather the browser history, cookies, or login information didn’t save every time.
As you can see, the page for choosing what you clear after closing the browser has a long list of toggles for adding or removing specific cache data from the automated cache purge.
If you’re more interested in removing cookies from the cache or managing the ones you want to allow, navigate to the Cookies and Site Data tab on the Microsoft Edge Settings page.
On this page, you have options to Block Third-party Cookies, Preload Pages for Faster Browsing and Searching, and See All Cookies and Site Data. We recommend going to the See All Cookies and Site Data page to get an idea of what tracking items are being placed inside the browser cache.
You can then add sites to the Block or Allow lists, creating a situation where the cache doesn’t need as much monitoring in the first place.