Disable Browser Caching Using Developer Tools

There are instances where you may want to prevent your browser from caching web site resources. For example, if you are viewing web sites that have frequently changing content then you may want to disable caching so that you always get the most up-to-date content. When you fill out forms while caching is enabled, the values you enter are cached so if you don’t want form values to be saved then you’ll want to disable caching.

Before going any further, you may want to check out the following article:

For Chrome

  1. Click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” button
  2. Hover over “More tools”
    1. Click “Developer tools”
  3. Select the “Network” tab
    1. Check “Disable cache”
  4. Restart Chrome

For Firefox

  1. Open Firefox and navigate to “about:config”
  2. Confirm that you know what you’re doing
  3. Search for browser.cache.disk.enable
    1. Double click the preference that comes up. Notice the “Value” change from “true” to “false”
  4. Search for browser.cache.memory.enable
    1. Double click the preference that comes up. Notice the “Value” change from “true” to “false”
  5. Restart Firefox

For Safari

  1. Click the “Safari” menu
  2. Click “Preferences”
  3. Enable the “Develop” menu by checking “Show Develop menu in menu bar” in the “Advanced” tab then close the Preferences window
  4. Open the “Develop” menu and click “Disable Caches”

For Internet Explorer

  1. Click the “Tools” button
  2. Click “Internet Options…”
  3. Click “Settings” in the “Browsing history” section
  4. In the “Temporary Internet Files” tab select “Every time I visit the webpage” in the “Internet Explorer stores copies of webpages…” section
  5. In the “History” tab set “Days to keep pages in history” to 0
  6. In the “Caches and databases” tab uncheck “Allow website caches and databases”
  7. Click “OK” then “OK”
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