When your computer is moving too slow, it’s time to clear it out.
And when you clear out your computer, what you’re really doing is clearing your cache (pronounced “cash”) and your cookies.
Most people (other than those IT techs) don’t know what “cache” is or what it’s for. Let’s quickly wrap our brains around this:
The cache exists because the folks who design browsers (you know … those websites that allow us to search the Internet … like Google or FireFox … understand that eventually, websites move very slowly.
You’ve likely been there before … waiting and waiting and waiting for a site to open or for something to download. You may have even clicked out of that site because it was taking too long!
We often think a website is taking too long to load because something is going on with that website. But in reality, it’s often not a particular website. Instead, it is our own computer.
What this means is that it’s faster to get something from your own hard drive than it is to get it from the Internet. Even with today’s faster Internet speeds, this still holds very true. After all, there are over seven billion people on the planet and more than two billion of them are online at any given point in time throughout the day and night.
So the cache is merely a holding tank for things that, based on your search history, the Internet thinks you might want to see again. (Scary – huh?)
Here’s an example: At the very top of this page, you’ll see “Continuing Ed – SWI” and you’ll also see menu headings. Well, when you go to another page on this site, you’ll still see these two things at the top of that page.
You’re not seeing new information with each training or lesson you get to … it’s merely a reflection of the very first one you saw when you opened this website. This saves download time and makes for a happy visitor to your website.
This reflection isn’t saved on the Internet; it is saved on your hard drive. And once that hard drive has enough stuff saved on it, your computer slows down. Slow computers can be a real pain!
But you get to clear out all of that stuff and do away with those reflections quickly and easily.
We are taking this a step further and also will be clearing out your cookies. The easiest way is explain what cookies are is to ask you to start paying attention to the ads you see while you are on the Internet.
Every time you search for something on the Internet … the Internet remembers what you’ve looked for. This memory is referred to as “cookies.” It’s why you start seeing ads for weight loss products when you look up “how to lose weight” at Google or FireFox (or any other browser).
Clearing your cookies and your cache also provides you with another benefit: it frees up your disk space. This is especially the case if you are loading lots of media (video and/or audio). Why? Because video and audio takes up much more space than simple text.
Let’s go ahead and clear out your cache and your cookies. But you’ll need to know which browser you are using before you start. If you don’t know … don’t worry. Just ask and Google will tell you.
Clearing Your Cache and Your Cookies
When you “clear” your cache, you’re really doing nothing more than emptying it out. It’s easier to think of it as “emptying the trash” but those IT folks like to use their own language.
Here’s the kicker … each browser has instructions on how to empty the trash (or, clear the cache). Remember – browsers are things like Google, Bing or Yahoo. So depending on which browser you are using, you’ll have different mouse clicks.
The instructions that each link to your left leads to was made by different people / companies. They are free for you to watch and learn from.
So in the event you happen to have a different browser not listed above (hey – it could happen…), just go to YouTube.
Simply input “clear cache cookies “your browser name” (e.g.: “clear cache + Safari”).
After Clearing Your Cache – Restart and Force Refresh
Once you’ve cleared your cache, you’ll need to reload the page you’re on.
Sometimes, you may need to restart your browser or force refresh the page by holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and hitting the R (for “Refresh”) key or F5 key.
If you are using a Mac, you can force refresh the page by holding down the Command key.
After you’ve refreshed your page (or restarted your browser), you should be rockin’ along. But just know that if you need help, all you have to do is click on the “Contact Us” icon at the bottom center of this page and we will help you.
Now that you’ve cleared your cache, it’s time to get back to your training.
Just “X” out of this tab and return to where you were.
In Great Faith,
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(North of Baton Rouge)
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