By Peter A. Bromberg, Ph.D.

Peter Bromberg  

If you do a lot of client-side code work with Internet Explorer as I do, then you know how annoying it can be to have to hit "Tools/Internet Options/Delete Files" to clear your previous work from the Browser cache. Not only that, but in order to selectively delete files, you must choose "Settings/View Files" and then painstakingly find what you need. I thought, "there must be an easier way" - maybe there is some kind of utility I could have on the desktop that would, with a single click, show me what's in the cache and let me delete exactly what I want.

Fortunately, Wininet exposes a number of functions dealing specifically with cache control. So I whipped up this neat utility "ClearCache" that you can download below. Very simply, ClearCache comes up at the top right portion of your desktop showing you everything in your IE Cache. As you can see from the screenshot below, it offers the ability to delete all cached files, selectively to delete one or more specific files, and if the Cookies? checkbox is checked, to also delete either all cookies or to selectively delete one or more cookies. A real convenience, I have found. The executable is only 24K.

You can create a shortcut key combination off the desktop icon such as SHIFT-CTRL-C to bring it up while you're working. Hope you like it. The download MSI installer file does not include the VB runtime. Enjoy!

NEW! Now you can right-click on any item in the cache list to navigate to it in Internet Explorer automatically!

Download ClearCache Freeware MSI Installer

Peter Bromberg is an independent consultant specializing in distributed .NET solutionsa Senior Programmer /Analyst at in Orlando and a co-developer of the developer website. He can be reached at