Firefox Version 30 and 31 Browser Cache settings (Also applies to older versions) August 15th, 2014
Some viewers of my web site may have noticed that recently published articles are not displayed on the home page or when clicking on any of the tabs to go directly to the Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 9 Korner and other home pages on my site. This is an issue specific to Firefox and does not apparently affect Internet Explorer users.
My ISP has been of little help solving this issue although I’ll keep trying. So at this time I’ll show you how to change the Firefox “Cache” settings. A web page that is cached (in effect downloaded and stored on your disk drive) does not need to be re-downloaded the next time you visit the same web site page. This makes it appear that Firefox is faster than Internet Explorer but for some users it results in the inability to truly view the latest information the web site owner may have published.
Internet Explorer’s default cache option is set to “Check for newer versions of stored pages” “Automatically” (From the menu bar select Tools / Internet options / General tab / Browser history / Settings). Which in short means IE performs a check and if it finds the content on the web site page has changed it re-downloads the page so you always see the latest page content.
Firefox’s default setting is to the opposite of IE (Tools / Options / Privacy / Remember history) which results in displaying an out of date web page (Note: This is not specific to all web sites as they may display the latest content perfectly fine, other web sites may not and you will see stale out of date content displayed).
Here is what you need to do to fix this issue: 1) Open Firefox and display the ‘Menu Bar’ (right click on at the top of the browser and check the ‘Menu Bar’ option.
2) Click on ‘Tools’ / Options / Privacy tab.
3) In the ‘History’ box change the ‘Firefox will’ drop down from ‘Remember history’ to ‘Use custom settings for history’.
4) Place a check mark in the ‘Clear history when Firefox closes’ box and then click on the ‘Settings’ button located to the right of the clear history option.
5) The ‘Settings for Clearing History’ window will open. Now click on the box labeled ‘Cache’. Based on your browsing preferences you may also want to consider what other information is save or deleted when you exit / quit / close Firefox.
6) Click on the ‘OK’ button to save your changes and again click ‘OK’ to exit the ‘Options’ window.
7) Close / exit Firefox. The next time you launch / open Firefox the changes you made as to how the ‘Cache’ functions will take effect. Anytime you visit or revisit a web site the content will be downloaded you see the latest information that site has to offer. This may affect people who have slow Internet connections (DSL for example) but your now assured that what you see on that page is up to date.