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Clearing Your Browser Cache: Firefox

Instruction and resource for clearing your web browser's cache, cookies, and history.

Clearing Cache in Firefox

To clear your cache in Firefox 

  1. Click on the menu button Fx89menuButton to open the menu panel.
  2. Click History and select Clear Recent History….
  3. Next to Time range to clear, choose Everything from the drop-down menu, select Cache in the items list, make sure other items you want to keep are not selected and then click the OK button.

Tell Firefox to always clear the cache (optional)

You can also set Firefox to automatically clear the cache when Firefox closes at the end of each session.

  1. Click the menu button Fx89menuButton and select Settings.
  2. Select the Privacy & Security panel and go to the History section.
  3. In the drop-down menu next to Firefox will, choose Use custom settings for history.Fx89CustomHistory

  4. Select the check box for Clear history when Firefox closes.Fx60Custom-ClearHistoryWhenFirefoxCloses
  5. Beside Clear history when Firefox closes, click the Settings button. The Settings for Clearing History window will open.
  6. In the Settings for Clearing History window, put a check mark next to Cache.


  1. Click OK to close the Settings for Clearing History window.
  2. Close the about:preferences page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.

Opening a Private Browsing Window in Firefox

In Firefox, incognito mode is called a private window.  To open a private window or tab in Firefox:

  1. Click on the Firefox Menu in the upper-right-hand corner of the browser.
  2. Select New Private Window.

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Privacy and Security Settings

  • For enhanced privacy and security settings: Preferences/Options > Privacy & Security > Content Blocking > Check ‘Always’ under “Send websites a “Do Not Track” signal that you don’t want to be tracked”
  • To delete browser cookies: Options/Preferences > Privacy & Security > Cookies and Site Data > Clear Data
  • To stop your browser from asking to save your passwords: Options > Privacy and Security > Turn off Remember Logins and Passwords for Websites