The Crooked Canes


~ Keep Your Browser Clean ~

HELPFUL HINT: click "P" above, right to print a copy of this to have in front of you
as you go through the cleaning procedure for your browser(s)

Browsers, all of them, by default, store your browsing history in a "cache."  When you visit a page, the page information and formatting is cached so that the next time you visit the page, your browser can quickly load that page from its memory rather than get a fresh page from the server where the actual, current page you want to see is located.  This works great.  But what if the page is changed between the time you want to see it and the last time you visited it?  You get to see old news! Browsers, like some people, always want to be oh so helpful but their insistance is often more of a pain than helpful.  Here's how to politely let your browser know that "Thank you so much but I'd prefer see today's news now."


Google Chrome:
     If you have a Google account and don't want to sign in again every time you clean, do this:
          1. Look at the upper, far right of your swcreen and click on the three dots.
          2. Click "History," then move your cursor to the left and click "History"
          3. Just below the top of the page, left hand side, click "Clear Browsing Data"
          4. In the box that pops up, check marks should be in the top four boxes, then click the blue "Clear Data" button.
          5. Close and re-start Google. Yup, this is a pain and easy to forget.
     If you do not have a Google account, do this:
          1. Launch Google Chrome.
          2. Look at the upper, far right of your screen and click on the three dots.
          3. The Settings dialog box will appear.
          4. In the left hand pane, click "Privacy and Security"
          5. In the right hand pane find the "Cookies and other site data" line. If the slider to the right is not
              blue, click anywhere on the line to turn it blue.
          6. In the line next line, "Send a "Do Not Track" request with your browsing traffic" if the slider is not
              blue, click anywhere on the line to turn it blue.
          7. Close Google Chrome and re-open for a clean fresh start.  You shouldn't have to do this again.

Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE):
          1. Launch Internet Explorer
          2. In the upper right hand corner of the page find an icon that looks like a gear. Click it.
          3. In the dialog box that pops up, click the next to last line "Internet Options"
          4. At the top of the dialog box, click the "General" tab.
          5. Find "Browsing History" about 3/4 of the way down the dialog box and below that, click the
               "Delete Browsing History" checkbox.
          6. At the bottom of the dialog box, click the "Okay" button.
               Unless you want to make changes, you should not have to do this again.
          7. Close Internet Explorer and re-open for a fresh start.  You shouldn't have to do this again.

Firefox:
          1. On the right side of the page, a little below the top, is an icon that looks like a gear.  Click it.
          2. On the page that opens, look at the left hand pane.  Four lines down from the top of the dialog
              box, find and click "Security & Privacy."
          3. In the right hand pane, scroll down the page until you find "History."
          4. Immediately below "History"  a line says "Firefox will" followed to the right by a grey box
              with a "˅" (down symbol ) at the right. Click "˅"
          5. Choices will appear including "Remember History," "Never Remember History." and
              "Use Custom Settings For History"
          6. Click "Never Remember History"
          7. Close Firefox and re-open for a fresh start.  You shouldn't have to do this again.