Calendaring cache solutions

We use Google Calendar, which is known to have problems with the cache files of certain browsers. Clearing the cache of your browser should have it display correctly again. Once you have cleared your browser’s cache, close the window and come back to this page,
Alternatively, you can use your Browser’s private viewing mode and that will work, too.

Safari and Firefox: File:New Private Window
Chrome: File:New Incognito Window

See below for the specific instructions for clearing the cache of your browser. These instructions are relevant to Mac, but PC steps should be similar.

Before we start, recall that browser history is a browser’s maintained list of sites that have been visited. Also, any one site may have its data, images, etc. cached by the browser so that it can be reloaded faster. Clearing the entire cache, doesn’t necessarily clear the history of browsing. Chrome and Firefox make this distinction clear; Safari does not.

I. Chrome Cache

– Reference link: “Clear cache and cookies.

– Chrome version used: 51.0.x.x

– Simplest steps.

  1. Chrome > Clear Browsing Data…
  2. In the window that opens, select the popup for the desired time period.
  3. Check just the box “Cached images and files.”
  4. Click on “Clear browsing data.”

Chrome: clear browser cache

II. Firefox Cache

– Reference link: “How to clear the Firefox cache.

– Firefox version used: 47.0.x

– Simplest steps.

  1. Firefox > Preferences.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Advanced.
  3. In the horizontal tabs, select Network.
  4. Under “Cached Web Content,” click on “Clear Now”

Firefox clear browser cache

III. Safari Cache

Safari 9.x, by default, doesn’t make a clear distinction between clearing browsing history and clearing browser cache. Some sites that discuss clearing the Safari browser cache point to Apple’s page: “Clear your browsing history.

This is a kitchen sink approach because, in order to clear the cache, you end up deleting your browser history and cookies as well. It’s not a bad idea for the novice, but it also may not be what you want. However, there is an explicit, somewhat hidden method for dealing with just the Safari browser cache. You can even do it on a page by page basis.

– To Enable

  1. Safari > Preferences.
  2. Select the Advanced tab.
  3. At the bottom, check the box: “Show Develop menu in menu bar.”

Safari prefs

A new Safari menu item will become visible called “Develop.”

– To Clear All Browser Cache

Develop > Empty Caches (CMD + OPTION + E)

Safari Develop Menu, clear browser cache

– Force Clear a Single Page’s Cache

One of the virtues of this method, once enabled, is that one can force the clearing of the browser cache for a single page with SHIFT + reload. That is, hold down the shift key and click the reload button in the address/search bar.