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How to Delete Cache Files in Mac OS X

Updated April 17, 2017

A computer's cache stores information for files and applications that the computer has used in the past. The cache allows the computer to execute these familiar files and applications more quickly and more efficiently, thus speeding up the computer's performance. If this cache should become corrupted in any way, you can delete it without damaging the computer.

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Click the "Finder" icon in the computer's dock. Click the computer's hard drive listed beneath the "Devices" heading.

Click the "Library" folder icon, followed by the "Caches" folder icon. Click the first cache file in the list, hold the "Shift" key and click the last cache file in the list to highlight all of the cache files. Click on the highlighted files and drag the files into the dustbin in the computer's dock.

Click on the first computer account listed beneath the "Places" heading in the Finder window. Click the "Library" folder icon, followed by the "Caches" folder icon. Click the first cache file in the list, hold the "Shift" key and click the last cache file in the list to highlight all of the cache files. Click on the highlighted files and drag the files into the dustbin in the computer's dock.

Repeat Step 3 for any other user accounts on the computer. Once all of the cache files are moved to the dustbin, hold the "Ctrl" key, click the "Trash" icon and select the "Empty Trash" option from the context menu. All of the cache files in the dustbin are deleted from the computer.

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Alexander Poirier began writing professionally in 2005. He worked as the editor-in-chief of the literary magazine "Calliope," garnering the magazine two APEX Awards for excellence in publication. Poirer graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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