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Customise Internet Explorer Toolbar

Monday, 25 July 2005 14:57 Make sure Internet Explorer is not running.

This is how you can set IE to automatically clear the cache of websites you have visited.  This allows for more disk space on your drive, and stopping annoying caching problems that can arise.

Run Regedit and go to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Internet Settings\ Cache
Double-click on the "Persistent" value in the right hand pane, and:
&==& if DWORD [IE 3/4]: type 0 or 1 in the Decimal box, or
&==& if Binary [IE 5]: delete the first two digits, and then type 0 or 01. Click OK.
Where: 0 = clears the cache every time IE closes. and 1 = saves IE's cache."

These entries look like this on the Regedit screen:
1. MS IE 3.0x and 4.0x [DWORD]: "Persistent"=0x00000000 (0) or: "Persistent"=0x00000001 (1)
2. MS IE 5.0x [Binary]: "Persistent"=00 00 00 00 or: "Persistent"=01 00 00 00 And this is how they appear in a .REG file:
A. MS IE 3.0x and 4.0x [DWORD]: "Persistent"=dword:00000000 or: "Persistent"=dword:00000001
B. MS IE 5.0x [Binary]: "Persistent"=hex:00,00,00,00 or: "Persistent"=hex:01,00,00,00
NOTE:    If your IE cache folders contain lots of files, it may take a while to clear them upon exit, depending basically on your CPU and hard disk speed.

This can be achieved manually by:
  1. Going into Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
  2. Double-clicking on Internet Settings
  3. Clicking on Clear Cache

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