Annette Fowler

Internet browser settings

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With the rush of new browser versions in the last couple of months, I had to refresh myself on two options that I commonly need.  I thought it would be nice to put the methods to do these tasks in the most recent browsers all in one location.  Enjoy!

Resetting Internet cache

Browser “cache” or “temporary Internet files” are your browser’s way of saving you time by not downloading web pages and graphics again that you have already seen. However, in my world of web development, being able to reset your Internet browser cache quickly is very important. When we make even the smallest change to a page or graphic, it almost always requires a complete page refresh by the client.

Google Chrome (Version 16)

  1. Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Tools.
  3. Select Clear browsing data.
  4. In the dialog that appears, select the check-boxes for the types of information that you want to remove. Usually you only want “Empty the cache“!
  5. Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Select beginning of time to delete everything.
  6. Click Clear browsing data.

Internet Explorer (Version 9.0)

  1. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet options.
  2. Click the General tab, and then, under Browsing history, click Delete.
  3. In the Delete Browsing History dialog box, select Temporary Internet files ONLY, click Delete, and then click OK.

Firefox (Version 9.0)

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button (Tools menu in Windows XP) and then click Options
  2. Select the Advanced panel.
  3. Click on the Network tab.
  4. In the Offline Storage section, click Clear Now.
  5. Click OK to close the Options window

Show the menu bar

I guess I’m old fashioned, but I really like to have the “File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools, Help” menu options at the top of each of my browsers, even if it does take up a little bit more vertical space of my monitor. The newest browsers make this setting pretty hard (and in Chrome’s case – impossible!) to find, so here’s the instructions:

Google Chrome (Version 16)

As far as I can tell, there is no menu bar in Chrome! Shocker! All user activities are located under the “wrench” icon in the top right cornder instead (supposedly).  Please comment below if you’ve found an add-in or work around!

Firefox (Version 9.0)

If you’re using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you now have an orange Firefox button that takes the most common functions and puts them in one menu.

  • To temporarily show the old style menus, just press the Alt key.
  • To have them shown all the time, right-click on an empty section of the Tab Strip and check Menu Bar in the pop-up menu.

Internet Explorer (Version 9.0)

The menu bar can be turned on or off in Windows Internet Explorer. Here’s how to display it:

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button . In the search box, typeInternet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.
  2. Press the Alt key.