How to Clear Buffers on a PC

Written by darla ferrara
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A buffer is a division of memory on your computer used to store data. The terms cache and buffer become interchangeable when discussing computer performance. A true buffer will clear itself once the data is accessed. However, a cache needs manual clearing as part of maintenance. Another buffer you may encounter is the print buffer. A print buffer stores information for print jobs. Knowing how to clear a cache and print buffer will help keep your computer running at its best.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

    Internet Explorer Cache

  1. 1

    Open an Explorer browser window.

  2. 2

    Select the "Tools" option located at the top of your screen.

  3. 3

    Click on "Internet Options" from the Tools menu.

  4. 4

    Move to the "Temporary Internet Files" section of the dialogue box. Press the "Delete Files" button.

  5. 5

    Click "OK" to delete the files.

    Firefox Cache

  1. 1

    Open a Firefox browser window.

  2. 2

    Select "Tools" from the top of the screen.

  3. 3

    Click "Options" from the Tools menu.

  4. 4

    Move to the "Advanced" tab in the Options window.

  5. 5

    Open the "Network" tab on the Advanced Options dialogue box.

  6. 6

    Select "Clear Now" in the "Offline Storage" section of the Network window.

    Print Buffer

  1. 1

    Click on the "Start" button at the bottom of your desktop, and access the "Search" text box. XP users should click "Run" to open the box. Vista and Windows 7 users can just move to the Search box on the Start menu.

  2. 2

    Type "control printers" in the Search box and click "OK."

  3. 3

    Right-click on the printer icon; this will open an options menu.

  4. 4

    Select "Open" from the menu that appears next to your cursor.

  5. 5

    Click on "Cancel All Documents." This will clear the spool and eventually the buffer. Some data may still print, but this will stop as the buffer clears.

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