Resetting Safari, Firefox, Camino, Opera, OmniWeb, and iCab.

Many browsers have reset options readily available, but others do not. Here's how to reset histories, caches, and other temporary items on several popular Mac browsers.

Periodically your web browsing experience may become exceptionally slow or give you odd behavior such as the page content not updating, which in most cases is a result of corruption in temporary files such as caches and preferences. In order to make troubleshooting these files simple, many browsers have reset options readily available, but others do not. Here are the locations of various places to reset histories, caches, and other temporary items on several popular Mac browsers (the latest versions of each).

Keep in mind that performing all of these actions will revert your browser's settings back to the defaults, and in some cases not all of them are needed to clear browsing problems. In some instances there are multiple ways of accessing the same reset functions, but I figured I would cover all ways possible for each browser. In addition to these, removing the application's preference file itself (located in your /username/Library/Preferences/ folder -- delete any file containing the name of the respective browser) will reset a number of altered settings.

 
 
 

  • Reset Safari
    Safari Menu ⇒ Reset Safari ⇒ Check all options and then click "Reset"

  • Empty Cache
    Safari Menu ⇒ Empty Cache

  • Clear RSS Feeds
    Preferences ⇒ RSS ⇒ Click "Remove Now"

  • Remove Cookies
    Preferences ⇒ Security ⇒ Show Cookies ⇒ Select all with "cmd-A" and click "Remove All"

  • Remove Stored Javascripts
    Preferences ⇒ Security ⇒ Show Databases ⇒ Select all with "cmd-A" and click "Remove All"

 
 
 

  • Remove Saved Passwords
    Preferences ⇒ Security Section ⇒ Saved Passwords... ⇒ Remove All

  • Empty Cache
    Preferences ⇒ Advanced Section ⇒ Network Tab ⇒ Click "Clear Now"

  • Clear Offline Sites
    Preferences ⇒ Advanced Section ⇒ Network Tab ⇒ Exceptions... ⇒ Remove All Sites

  • Clear Recent Items
    Tools Menu ⇒ Clear Recent History ⇒ Select Time Range and Check Everything ⇒ Click "Clear Now"

 
 
 

  • Remove Widgets
    Widgets Menu ⇒ Manage Widgets ⇒ remove all...

  • Remove Mail and Chat Accounts
    Tools Menu ⇒ Mail and Chat Accounts ⇒ Select and "Delete"

  • Reset Private Data
    Tools Menu ⇒ Delete Private Data ⇒ Check All and click "Delete"

  • Remove Saved Passwords
    Preferences ⇒ Forms Tab ⇒ Password Manager ⇒ Select and "Delete"

  • Clear History
    Preferences ⇒ Advanced Tab ⇒ History Section ⇒ Clear Addresses

  • Empty Cache
    Preferences ⇒ Advanced Tab ⇒ History Section ⇒ Empty Now

  • Clear Cookies
    Preferences ⇒ Advanced Tab ⇒ Cookies Section ⇒ Manage Cookies... ⇒ Select and Delete

 
 
 

  • Reset Camino
    Camino Menu ⇒ Reset Camino...

  • Empty Cache
    Camino Menu ⇒ Empty Cache...
    Preferences ⇒ History Section ⇒ Click "Empty Cache"

  • Clear History
    History Menu ⇒ Clear History...
    Preferences ⇒ History Section ⇒ Click "Clear History"

  • Reset Custom Colors and Fonts
    Preferences ⇒ Appearance Section ⇒ Click "Reset" under both tabs

  • Clear Pop-up exceptions
    Preferences ⇒ Web Features Section ⇒ Click "Edit Pop-up Exceptions List.." ⇒ Click "Remove"

 
 
 

  • Clear History
    Navigate Menu ⇒ Clear History
    Preferences ⇒ History ⇒ Clear History Now

  • Delete Cookies
    Tools Menu ⇒ Cookies ⇒ Select all and "Delete"

  • Remove Javascript Database
    Preferences ⇒ Javascript ⇒ Max size for Database (set to 0, then back to 5MB)

  • Remove Custom Style Sheets
    Preferences ⇒ Style Sheets ⇒ Select and remove

 
 
 

  • Empty Cache
    File Menu ⇒ Flush Cache

  • Clear History
    History Menu ⇒ Clear History

  • Delete Cookies
    Security Preferences ⇒ Show Cookies... ⇒ Delete All

  • Reset Preferences
    Click the "Reset" button in preferences (only enables when settings are different from default ones)

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    Topher, an avid Mac user for the past 15 years, has been a contributing author to MacFixIt since the spring of 2008. One of his passions is troubleshooting Mac problems and making the best use of Macs and Apple hardware at home and in the workplace.

     

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