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Web Browsers

This section is dedicated to helping you with different web browsers. Just click on your browser and then on the instructions you wish to see! If you have any requests for information, feel free to contact our computer helpdesk either by email, phone, or by clicking the Feedback button at the bottom of the page!

Windows

 Google Chrome▸

  Clearing Cookies and Cache▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'Settings'
  3. Click on the 'History' tab under Chrome
  4. Scroll to the very bottom and click 'Show advanced settings...'
  5. Under the 'Privacy' tab is 'Clear browsing data...'
  6. Choose 'From the beginning of time' in the drop down next to 'Obliterate the following items from:'. Make sure that only 'Cached images and files' and 'Cookies and ...' are checked (unless you want to clear more)

You have now cleared cookies and cache! This generally solves a lot of browser specific issues.


  Entering Private Browsing▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Then click on 'New incognito window'

This 'Incognito Window' is extremely useful to see if there is a Chrome extension that is causing problems. It can also help you see if you need to clear your cache and cookies.


  Setting a Home Page▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'Settings'
  3. Under 'Appearance' select 'Show Home Button' and click 'Change'
  4. Add the website you wish to be your homepage, click the box next to it and press 'OK'

This webpage will now open every time you start Chrome!


  Showing Bookmark Bar▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'Settings'
  3. Click on the 'Settings' tab
  4. Click on the box next to 'Always show the bookmarks bar'

    Your bookmarks bar should appear under the URL box now!

 Microsoft Edge▸

  Clearing Cookies and Cache▸


  1. Click “Hub” Button (three lines)
  2. Click “Clear all history”

  3. Select “Cookies and saved website data” and “Cached data and file”
  4. Click “Clear”


  Entering Private Browsing▸


  1. Click the “Menu” button (three dots)
  2. Select “New InPrivate window”


  Setting a Home Page▸


  1. Click the “Menu” button (three dots)
  2. Click “Settings”

  3. Scroll down to Advanced Settings and click on “Show advanced settings”

  4. Toggle the “Show the home button” on
  5. A box will open that allows you to enter your new home page
  6. Click “Save”


  Showing Bookmark Bar▸


  1. Click the “Menu” button (three dots)
  2. Click “Settings”

  3. Toggle the “Show the favorites bar” on


 Mozilla Firefox▸

  Clearing Cookies and Cache▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'Options'
  3. Select the 'Privacy' tab
  4. Click on 'clear your recent history' and this box will show up
  5. Click the dropdown arrow and select 'Everything'. Make sure that you only have 'Cookies & Cache' checked (unless you wanted to clear more)

You have now cleared cookies and cache! This generally solves a lot of browser specific issues.


  Entering Private Browsing▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'New Private Window'

    This 'Private Window' is extremely useful to see if there is an Firefox extension that is causing problems. It can also help you see if you need to clear your cache and cookies.

  Setting a Home Page▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'Options'
  3. Under the 'General' Tab is a field that says 'Home Page'. Add in the website of your choice!

    This webpage will now open every time you start Firefox!

  Showing Bookmark Bar▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'Customize'
  3. Click the 'Show / Hide Toolbars' in the bottom left corner.
  4. Make sure that the 'Bookmarks Toolbar' has a check to the left of it. If it does not, then click it once.

Your bookmarks bar should appear under the URL box now!


 Internet Explorer▸

  Clearing Cookies and Cache▸


  1. Click on the cogwheel in the top right corner.
  2. Hover over 'Saftey', then click 'Delete browsing history...'
  3. Make sure 'Preserve Favorites website data' is unchecked and check 'Cookies and website data' and 'Temporary Internet files and website files'
  4. Click the 'Delete' button

You have now cleared cookies and cache! This generally solves a lot of browser specific issues.


  Entering Private Browsing▸


  1. Click on the cogwheel in the top right corner.
  2. Hover over 'Saftey', then click 'InPrivate Browsing'

This 'InPrivate Window' is extremely useful to see if there is an extension that is causing problems. It can also help you see if you need to clear your cache and cookies.


  Setting a Home Page▸


  1. Click on the cogwheel in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'Internet options'
  3. Under the 'General' tab, you can add multiple home pages.

This webpage will now open every time you start Internet Explorer!


  Showing Bookmark Bar▸


  1. Right click just above the 'Back' button
  2. Make sure 'Favorites bar' is checked

Your bookmarks bar should appear under the URL box now!


Mac OSx

 Google Chrome▸

  Clearing Cookies and Cache▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'Settings'
  3. Click on the 'History' tab under Chrome
  4. Scroll to the very bottom and click 'Show advanced settings...'
  5. Under the 'Privacy' tab is 'Clear browsing data...'
  6. Choose 'From the beginning of time' in the drop down next to 'Obliterate the following items from:'. Make sure that only 'Cached images and files' and 'Cookies and ...' are checked (unless you want to clear more)

You have now cleared cookies and cache! This generally solves a lot of browser specific issues.


  Entering Private Browsing▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Then click on 'New incognito window'

This 'Incognito Window' is extremely useful to see if there is a Chrome extension that is causing problems. It can also help you see if you need to clear your cache and cookies.


  Setting a Home Page▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'Settings'
  3. Under 'Appearance' select 'Show Home Button' and click 'Change'
  4. Add the website you wish to be your homepage, click the box next to it and press 'OK'

This webpage will now open every time you start Chrome!


  Showing Bookmark Bar▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'Settings'
  3. Click on the 'Settings' tab
  4. Click on the box next to 'Always show the bookmarks bar'

    Your bookmarks bar should appear under the URL box now!

 Mozilla Firefox▸

  Clearing Cookies and Cache▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'Preferences'

  3. Select the 'Privacy' tab
  4. Click on 'clear your recent history' and this box will show up
  5. Click the dropdown arrow and select 'Everything'. Make sure that you only have 'Cookies & Cache' checked (unless you wanted to clear more)

You have now cleared cookies and cache! This generally solves a lot of browser specific issues.


  Entering Private Browsing▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'New Private Window'

    This 'Private Window' is extremely useful to see if there is an Firefox extension that is causing problems. It can also help you see if you need to clear your cache and cookies.

  Setting a Home Page▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'Preferences'
  3. Under the 'General' Tab is a field that says 'Home Page'. Add in the website of your choice!

    This webpage will now open every time you start Firefox!

  Showing Bookmark Bar▸


  1. Click the 'hamburger' lines in the top right corner.
  2. Select 'Customize'
  3. Click the 'Show / Hide Toolbars' in the bottom left corner.
  4. Make sure that the 'Bookmarks Toolbar' has a check to the left of it. If it does not, then click it once.

Your bookmarks bar should appear under the URL box now!


 Safari▸

  Clearing Cookies and Cache▸


  1. Click 'Safari' in the top left corner next to the Apple logo
  2. Select 'Clear History...'

  3. Make sure 'all history' is selected, then click 'Clear History'

You have now cleared cookies and cache! This generally solves a lot of browser specific issues.


  Entering Private Browsing▸


  1. Click on 'File' in the top left corner next to 'Safari'
  2. Then click on 'New Private Window'

This 'Private Window' is extremely useful to see if there is a Safari problem with cached information.


  Setting a Home Page▸


  1. Click on 'Safari in the top left corner'
  2. Then click 'Preferences...'

  3. Click on the 'General Tab'
  4. Type in your new homepage website address and Close the window

This webpage will never show up every time you open Safari!


  Showing Bookmark Bar▸


  1. Click on 'Bookmarks' in the top left corner of the screen
  2. Then select 'Show Bookmarks'

Safari's version of a 'bookmark bar' is the section that appear on the left side of your browser.



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