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How to View, Clear and Restore Internet Explorer Temporary Files

As long as you open a webpage in Internet Explorer, it always generates the corresponding temporary files in your computer. Though there are some temporary files will be deleted automatically after you closing the website, some of them will still be saved. Over time, it will take up a lot of your computer's disk space. However, these temporary files are always be hidden. So in this article, we will show you how to view, delete and restore Internet Explorer temporary files on Windows 10.

Fix 1: How to View Internet Explorer Temporary Files on Windows 10

Here is directory of Internet Explorer temporary files in Windows 10 below: 

\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache

By default, we couldn‘t find the "INetCache" folder at all through this directory. Therefore we provide three workarounds for you to address this issue.

Method 1: View Internet Explorer temporary files via Control Panel

Step 1: In the search box of the taskbar, type Control Panel and Enter. Click Down arrow behind View by and select Internet Options.

click internet options in control panel

Step 2: There will pop up Internet Properties window, click Settings under Browsing history.

click on settings in internet properties

Step 3: You can see the Current location, tap on View files to open Internet Explorer temporary files.

view temporary files under current location

Method 2: View Internet Explorer temporary files through File Explorer

Step 1: Click on Windows Start menu, then tap on File Explorer icon. In the File Explorer window, click View tab and double click on Options.

click on options under view tab

Tips: You can press Windows key + R combination and then type "inetcpl.cpl" command in Run dialog to open File Explorer.

Step 2: In the Folder Options windows, tap on View tab. Click the checkbox of "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" and uncheck Hide protected operating system. Click on OK to finish. Now you can follow the directory we mention above to expand the folder in turn.

chage settings to show hidden files in folder options

Method 3: View Internet Explorer temporary files by making a shortcut

Step 1: Right-click on the desktop, select New> Shortcut. In the Create Shortcut dialog, input "C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache" into the box under Type the location of the item then click Next.

create shortcut for internet explorer temporary files

Step 2: Type a name for the shortcut then click Finish. Double click on the shortcut to view Internet Explorer temporary files.

Note: You have to change your actual username to replace "username" in the temporary files directory.

type shortcut name to create temporary shortcut

Fix 2: How to Delete Internet Explorer Temporary Files on Windows 10

If you hardly clear your Internet Explorer temporary files, this will take up space disk, slow your browser and system down. So it's necessary to delete Internet Explorer temporary files at times. Here we go.

Way 1: Delete Internet Explorer temporary files through "Safety" option

In normal conditions, we use this way to delete Internet Explorer temporary files. Go with the following Steps.

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon at the top-right corner and select Safety > Delete browsing history from the list.
  2. In the "Clear browsing data" dialog, click the checkboxes for Temporary Internet files and website files and tap on Delete button.

Note: You can also use the shortcut Ctrl+ Shift+ Delete to open Clear browsing data window directly.

select emporary internet files and website files

Way 2: Delete Internet Explorer temporary files in "Developer Tools" window

Step 1: Open Internet Explorer, Press F12 to navigate to Developer Tools windows. Or you can click on Tools and select Developer Tools from the list.

Step 2: Press Ctrl + 4 key or click on Network tab, select the fifth icon named "Clear cache" from the left navigation.

in the network tab click clear cache

Fix 3: How to Restore Internet Explorer Temporary Files on Windows 10

In a casual situation, you delete your Internet Explorer temporary files completely. Take it easy, we will show you how to restore those files in this tutorial.

Restore Internet Explorer temporary files by Registry Editor

Step 1: Type "Run" in the search box on the taskbar and hit Enter, or press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog. Input "regedit" to open Registry Editor.

Step 2: Navigate to the following folders:

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

In the right panel, double-click on the cache

In the Edit String dialog, set the Value data into "%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache".

set the value data in registry

Step 3: Repeat the same manipulation in the two steps above for Cache key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
Reboot the computer, your problem will be solved already.

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