Quick and Easy Way to Delete Internet Browser Caches, Cookies, or History

If you have ever been faced with wanting to delete your browser cache, cookies, or history, you know that the path to the browser dialog where this can be done involves a number of steps. However, there is a simple keyboard combination that will get you there faster. (Hold down all three keys.) It is
This shortcut works for Internet Explorer 8 and 9, Google Chrome, and Firefox 3.6 and up. The graphics below show the dialog that opens in each of the three types of browser when the shortcut is used.

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer dialog

Google Chrome

Chrome dialog


Firefox dialog 

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by Jerry the Rhino (not verified) on 20. October 2011 - 17:43  (81790)

Use Ccleaner because it deletes ALL cookies, not just the regular ones. And it deletes a lot of other garbage too.

by Aninnymous (not verified) on 3. August 2011 - 10:14  (76817)

Try it and see - let us know.

For me, the shortcut has utility in that I do not need to close the browser or run another program to clean up before I move along to another url after using one where more sensitive information was entered, perhaps in a screen form.

I just do my combo ctrl-shift-del and clear the cache as clean as it allows.

by jimy on 4. August 2011 - 18:24  (76918)

Good point. Being able to clear the cache while still in the browser is a big benefit which is not present in Ccleaner.

by Danilo2 (not verified) on 2. August 2011 - 9:54  (76748)

Great keyboard tip, thanks!

the "flash cookies" can be taken care of here:


among other things/settings.

by pottster on 2. August 2011 - 7:49  (76745)

Everything a tip should be; useful, well explained, little known. Thanks Vic.

by Aninnymous (not verified) on 2. August 2011 - 5:14  (76737)

Love it !!


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