Clear browsing data for specific sites in Chrome, Firefox and IE

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As we browse the Internet on our favourite browsers, some data is saved from the browsed websites. Such data helps browsers to load websites faster and remember our preferences for particular sites. Over time, bulk data accumulated from websites may produce conflicts, leading to page rendering issues in certain websites. Clearing up locally saved website data can help eliminate conflicts and fix page rendering issues.

Clear site specific cookies cache

All major browsers today offer features to clean up browsing data at the click of a button. But if you are experiencing rendering issues with some specific websites alone, it’s not feasible to clear all of your browsing data. Deleting them might cause higher page loading times on your browser and consume more bandwidth. This is especially undesirable when you’re on a limited data plan. Also, deleting entire browsing data will terminate all your active web sessions, requiring you to freshly log into all the previously logged in websites.

A possible way of solving rendering issues for affected sites is to delete website data only for those specific sites. Web browsers usually allow users to delete all browsing data, but the option to delete site-specific data is also present, although somewhat hidden. In this tutorial, we’ll demonstrate how to remove site-specific data on Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Website data stored in browsers largely consists of two types:

Web cache: When you visit a website for the first time, your browser stores certain responses, such as images, HTML elements, etc., from the server. The next time you visit the same website, some data won’t be downloaded, as the previously stored local data can be reused. This reusable data stored locally on your computer is collectively known as web cache. Hence, web cache helps to reduce page loading times by reducing the amount of information required from the server. If web cache is deleted for a particular site, the browser has to download the entire webpage over again, since there is no cached data to be reused.

Cookies: Some websites can keep track of your browsing activity by creating some files in your local system. These files can help maintain the user state across different browsing sessions and can help you resume activity from where you left off. Such data used to track user activity are popularly known as web cookies. When cookies are deleted for particular websites, you may lose logged in sessions, site preferences, etc. in those sites.

Now that you have some idea about browser data and how it impacts your web browsing experience, let’s go ahead and find out how to delete cookies and cache for specific websites in different web browsers.

Clear site-specific cookies and cache in Chrome

To delete cookies and cache for a specific site in Google Chrome, follow the instructions given below:

  1. Launch Google Chrome and click on the Menu on the top right corner and click on Settings.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and click on “Show advanced settings”.
  3. Under Privacy section, click on Content Settings.
  4. Under Cookies, click on All cookies and site data. It opens a new window with a list showing all stored cookies and cache.
  5. Type the name of the website (for which you want to delete data, ex. Google.com) in the “Search cookies” text box in the top right corner. The list is filtered showing only data from the searched domain.

Now delete individual site data by clicking on the cross at the right side, or clear everything in the filtered list by clicking on the Remove all button. Thus, you can remove cookies and data for specific sites on Chrome.

Clear site-specific data in Firefox

Similar to Chrome, Firefox also provides option for removing site-specific data. Here are the steps required to delete specific cookies on Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox and go to Firefox Menu >> Options.
  2. Go to the Privacy tab. Under History section, click on “remove individual cookies” link in the last line of text. A window labelled Cookies will open.
  3. Type the website name in the search box. The cookies matching your search will show up in the list below. Here, you may delete individual cookies by selecting one in the list and clicking the Remove Cookie button.

Alternatively, you may remove all cookies that match your search by clicking on the Remove All Cookies button. Thus, you can remove cookies for specific sites on Firefox.

Clear site-specific data in Internet Explorer

If you use Internet Explorer 7 or above for web browsing, you can also remove site-specific cookies and data. But the process for deleting site data is somewhat different in IE compared to other browsers, and is rather a hidden feature. Note that feature is not available for IE versions below 7.

Site-specific cookies and cache in Internet Explorer can be deleted using F12 Developer Tools. If you are using IE 7, Developer Tools won’t be available by default. You need to download it from the official website. After installing the Developer Tools plugin, it will be available in IE 7 under the tools menu. Developer Tools come preinstalled in Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 and 11 can be launched by pressing the F12 key.

Clear site-specific cookies and cache in IE 7, 8, 9 and 10

  1. If you are using IE7, first install Developer Tools Plugin .
  2. Launch Internet Explorer and navigate to the website for which you want to delete cookies and cache.
  3. Press F12 to launch Developer Tools.
  4. Click on Cache on the Developer Tools menu bar.
  5. From the drop down menu, select “Clear browser cache for this domain”. This will clear all the cache specific to the currently open website.
  6. Similarly, go to Cache >> Clear cookies for domain in Developer Tools to clear cookies of the current website.

Clear site-specific cookies and cache in IE 11

Developer Tools have undergone an overhaul in Internet Explorer 11. There have been some UI enhancements, and thus, the steps for clearing site-specific cookies and cache are slightly different here.

  1. Launch Internet Explorer and navigate to the website for which you want to delete cookies and cache.
  2. Press F12 to launch Developer Tools and go to the Network tab.
  3. To clear cache for the current website, click on Clear browser cache button or press Ctrl + R.

Thus, you can remove site-specific cookies and cache on Internet Explorer.

Clearing site cache and cookies from the browser usually solves most page rendering issues. By deleting site specific data, you can ensure that browsing activity is not affected for other websites. However, it is possible that these problems persist even after clearing website data. In that case, you might need to reset your browser and start a new browsing session, but that solution should be kept aside as a last measure.

References

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95582?hl=en

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/remove-recent-browsing-search-and-download-history

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/how-to-delete-your-browsing-history-in-internet-explorer-9

Share your thoughts

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been developing sites in WordPress and have been searching for a way to clear the cache or cookies for a specific url for FOREVER. Using Chrome developer tools and right clicking for clear cache and hard reload wasn’t working. Today was my lucky day. I found your post. It worked!

  • Charles

    It worked, thanks a lot

  • Great instructions!