How To Empty Safari’s Cache

Are you having problems viewing one or two particular web sites in Safari? Were you previously able to view these web sites? If so, a common cause of this problem is corruption in Safari’s cache. Cache is temporary storage. Specifically, it contains recently viewed web pages. Occasionally, these temporarily stored web pages can get damaged. Thus, it can be useful to know how to empty this temporary storage. Here’s are instructions for emptying Safari’s cache on your Mac.

  • Open Safari
  • Click on the Safari menu and select Preferences
  • Click on the Advanced button, at the far right end.
  • Insert a checkmark next to Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  • Click the red dot to close this window
  • You’ll now see that the Develop menu is listed between the Bookmarks and Window menus at the top of your Mac’s screen.
  • Click on the Develop menu and select Empty Caches, which is about half-way down the list.

Unfortunately, you will not see any confirmation that the caches have been emptied. Just trust that they have been. Next, open a new window in Safari and try to visit the web site that was giving you problems previously. Hopefully, this web site will now be displayed properly.

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