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How-To Clear The Browsing History And Cache in Google Chrome

Groovy Google Chrome How-To, Tips, Tricks, and NewsChrome is the new Pokeball, and that means it’s good at “cache’ing” it all.  Bad jokes aside, Chrome does do an excellent job of storing all of your browsing history, as well as website files to help you load pages faster.  If you’re privacy-minded, or you just want to clean up the amount of data on your system, you can remove the history and cache in Chrome by following a few simple steps.

How To Clear/Erase The Google Chrome Cache, AutoComplete And Browsing History

1. In Google Chrome Click the Wrench (Tool) icon and Options.

Note: On Windows, the shortcut key for clearing Chrome’s browser cache is CTRL+SHIFT+DEL which is also the same keyboard shortcut key as for Firefox.

Note: On Mac, Just Click Chrome in the file menu then Clear Private data.

opening the options menu in google chrome

2. In the Google Chrome Options window Click the Under the Hood tab.  From this tab Click the Clear Browsing data button.

clear browsing data in google chrome options

3. The Clear Browsing Data window should appear.  You can pretty much leave nearly everything at default except for the time period, set to Last hour by default.  Personally, when I want to clear the cache, I want to clear the ENTIRE history and cache.  To do this Click the Clear data from this period: drop menu and Select Everything. When you’re ready, Click Clear browsing data to perform the wipe.

You’ll notice that this window allows you to clear out more than just the cache and history.  In all you can:

  • Clear out your browsing history
  • Empty/Clear out the temporary internet file cache
  • Clear out and Delete Chrome cookies and site data
  • Clear form passwords
  • Clear form username and other saved data (aka AutoComplete)

clear the history and cache in google chrome

Now your Google Chrome cache and history should be purged!  Google has followed Firefox’s example in making it easy to clear the cache and surprisingly the entire process looks like and works very similar.

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9 Responses to How-To Clear The Browsing History And Cache in Google Chrome

  1. :P:P June 2, 2010 at 6:14 am #

    or Ctrl+Shift+Delete (The Delete near the page up and down and not the one under the number pad)
    it will drive u sraitly to step 3 🙂 🙂

    • grooveDexter June 2, 2010 at 9:27 am #

      great tip!
      forgot to mention that, article updated.

      • :P:P June 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

        ohh O.O am i dreaming or is it u ??!?!? O.O

        Anyways if u need a hand it’ll be a pleasure for me to serve u 🙂

        (am kind of Geeky 🙂 )

  2. :P:P June 2, 2010 at 6:16 am #

    or u can install this Extension
    that allows u to show the latest Cached media :

  3. jayasri April 27, 2011 at 4:13 am #


  4. Nathanael Durre July 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    Ah, i see. Well that’s not too tcriky at all!”

  5. cherry October 22, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    well….this helps in maintaining my chrome in a better way…

  6. Larry A. Singleton September 29, 2016 at 1:18 am #

    How do you do this without having to sign in to everything again? When I clear history “from the beginning of time” I have to sign back in to all of my web pages. And where is the place where you can permanently put your address and email to fill in information?

    • Larry A. Singleton September 29, 2016 at 1:19 am #

      I forgot. How do I use shortcuts to delete the browsing history. That way I don’t have to use the “beginning of time” option and have to sign in again?

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