Chrome for Desktop

Google Chrome Desktop Menu Tab

Step One

Close all but one Chrome browser windows. Click on Chrome (located along the top of your screen).

Google Chrome for desktop browser cache clearing procedure - Browsing Data link

Step Two

From the dropdown menu, click on Clear Browsing Data.

[Note: This option is only available when logged into your Google account. In other words, you can’t perform this task if you’re browsing on a guest profile.]

Google Chrome for desktop cache clearing procedure - Basic section

Step Three

When the Clear Browsing Data window pops up, you’re presented with two options: Basic and Advanced. Either option allows you to clear your computer’s browsing cache; the main difference being that Advanced offers more control for users to decide what data is cleared. More on that below.

Basic

The following options are available under Basic:
Time range
Browsing history
Cookies and other site data
Cached images and files

For the purposes of clearing your cache, set Time range to All time and check all the boxes (as seen in the image to the left).

Once those options are selected, click Clear data.

Google Chrome for desktop browser clearing procedure, Advanced section

Advanced

The following options are available under Advanced:
Time range
Browsing history
Download history
Cookies and other site data
Cached images and files
Passwords and other sign-in data
Autofill form data
Site settings
Hosted app data

For the purposes of clearing your cache, set Time range to All time and check the following boxes:
Browsing history
Download history
Cookies and other site data
Cached images and files
Autofill form data

[Note: Though choosing all the boxes is acceptable, there’s no need to do so. Additionally, there’s the potential of running into annoying issues such as having to reconfigure Google Print or site settings, for example. The extent in which that poses a problem will vary from user to user, but now you understand why you wouldn’t necessarily want to select all the available options.]

Once those options are selected, click Clear data.

Google Chrome for desktop cache clearing procedure, Quit Chrome step

Step Four

Quit Google Chrome
Click on Chrome in the menu located at the top of the screen. When the dropdown menu appears, select Quit Google Chrome.

Alternately, enter the keyboard shortcut: ⌘Q (Mac) or Ctrl+Shift+Q (Windows and Linux).

Google Chrome icon in menu bar

Step Five

Relaunch Google Chrome.