Clearing Browser History &
Private or Incognito Mode

A browser maintains a history of all websites accessed. It also keeps copies of files or websites

Sometimes clearing the cache or browser history will allow the browser to work more efficiently.  It may even help resolve problems with websites.

It is recommended that Banner users clear their cache and browsing history at least once a week.  More often as issues occur or if you are accessing the internet often.

  • Note: Cache or Browser History can also be set up in the Browser’s settings to clear on exit.

Cookies:

  • A cookie is a file created by a web browser, at the request of a web site, which is stored on a computer
  • These files typically store user-specific information such as selections in a form, shopping cart contents, or authentication data.
  • Browsers will normally clear cookies that reach a certain age but clearing them manually may solve problems with web sites or the browser.

    A browser maintains a history of all websites accessed. It also keeps copies of files or websites


Clearing Browsing History & Cache/Cookies

It is recommended that Banner users clear their cache and browsing history at least once a week.

Note: Cache or Browser History can also be set up in the Browser’s settings to clear on exit.

Google Chrome

To Clear Browser History in Chrome:

  1. Open Menu Options in the upper right of the window.
  2. Select History dropdown
  3. Select History (keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + H)
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  4. Select Clear Browsing Data
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  5. In Clear Browsing Data window
    • Click drop down for Time Range
    • Select All Time
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  1. Select the items to clear.
    • To clear entire browsing data, select Advanced and select all boxes
    • Verify Time Range is All Time
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  2. Select Clear Data
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Firefox

In Firefox, clearing the browsing history and cache is a two-part process:  delete both the Cookies and the History.

 

  1. Open Menu Options in the upper right of the window.
  2. Select Options
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  1. From the left menu, Select Privacy & Security
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  2. Under Cookies and Site Data, click Clear Data
    • If wanted, check the box to delete cookies and site data when Firefox is closed
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  3. In Clear Data window, Check the boxes to delete content
  4. Select Clear
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  5. In warning box, select Clear Now
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  6. Under History, select Clear History
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  7. In the Clear All History window, click the Time Range drop down and select Everything
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  8. Select the items to clear.
    • To clear entire browsing data, select all boxes
    • Verify Time Range is Everything
  9. Select Clear Now
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  10. Close the Options Tab
Internet Explorer
  1. Open Menu Options in the upper right of the window.
  2. Select Internet Options
    • Can access Internet options under Tools in Menu Bar as well
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  3. Under Browsing History on the General Tab, Click Delete
    • If wanted, check the box to Delete browsing history on exit when Internet Explorer is closed
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  4. Check the boxes to delete content and click Delete
    • Uncheck ‘Preserve Favorites Website Date’
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  1. Click OK to close Internet Options Window

Private or Incognito Window

Private or Incognito mode forces the web browser to ignore cookies and does not record browsing history. 

When there is cache or browsing history issues, using a private or incognito window is recommended.

To Access Incognito Mode in Chrome
  1. Open Menu Options in the upper right of the window.
  2. Select New Incognito Window
    • This will open a new browser window
    • Navigate normally – access the websites you normally would use, i.e Banner 9

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To Access a Private Window in Firefox
  1. Open Menu Options in the upper right of the window.
  2. Select New Private Window
    • This will open a new browser window
    • Navigate normally – access the websites you normally would use, i.e Banner 9

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