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What is The MS Internet Explorer Cache?
The Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 cache, also called as the Temporary Internet Files folder, contains image files, web pages, cookies and even sound files. The files are stored by IE when a user browses through different web pages. For example, if a user visits the NASA website more often, the Internet explorer will likely store all images, web pages, the NASA logo, animated gif and sound files on your computer, in the cache. This task is performed so that the user can launch web pages more quickly whenever he visits the NASA website.
If you tend to be online a lot and have sufficient hard disk space on your computer, you might want to expand the cache size of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7. This is mainly due to the fact that your web browser will first retrieve already viewed files and images from the cache instead of taking time to download the same pages again from the website. Increasing the cache size is also beneficial if you have a slower internet connection, (dial-up Internet connection). Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to increase the Internet Explorer 7 disk cache size to ensure faster browsing:
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How to Expand Cache Size: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
By default, the cache size of Internet Explorer 7 is 50MB. If, however, the cache size is set below the default value, the temporary Internet files folder fills up quickly, and thus becomes ineffective. Today’s websites contain larger web pages, images, animated content and sound files. Expanding the cache size enables Internet Explorer 7 to store the entire page in the local Temporary Internet Files folder and later load and display the entire contents faster than before.
1. The Microsoft Internet cache settings can be found on the Tools menu. Click Tools and then click on Internet Options.
The Internet Options window displays many tabs, including General, Security, Programs, Content etc. Click on the Generals tab
2. Under the Generals tab, you will find a Browsing History section, click on the Settings button to access the IE7 cache settings.
3. After clicking on Settings, a new window named Temporary Internet Files and History Settings will be displayed on the screen.
You will see a Disk Space to Use section. This is where you can change the cache size to accommodate more web pages, images, logos and sound files on your Temporary Internet Files folder. The recommended cache size is 50-250MB, but you can expand cache size Internet Explorer 7 up to 1024MB (1 GB), especially if you have ample disk space and you tend to go online frequently.
4. On the Disk Space to Use section, you will notice a Spinner with up and down arrow keys; you can click on the up arrow key or type in the values directly to increase the cache size.
Click Okay to close the Temporary Internet Files and History Settings window and again click Okay to close the Internet Options window. Now you can browse faster and see previously viewed pages without any problems.