Whether you use DSL, high-speed Cable, or dial-up to connect to the Internet, your Internet connection speed is only one of several factors that can affect the speed of your web browsing, how fast webpages load in your browser. The size of your temporary Internet files, or cache, is also important.
A web browser’s cache is simply a place designated on your computer where the browser temporarily stores webpage information – such as images. When you revisit a webpage, loading these saved page elements from your computer is faster than loading them from the Web. So letting your browser store more temporary Internet files on your computer can make speed up webpages when you revisit them. This is especially noticeable for dial-up Internet users.
1. Click the Tools icon (gear icon in upper right on the latest version of IE) and select Internet Options.
2. From the Browsing history section (on the General tab), click the Settings button.
3. Click the radio button next to Automatically and increase the Disc space to use amount to at least 250 MB (more if your computer has lots of space).
4. Click the OK button to save your changes, then OK again to close Internet Options.
Now you’re ready to start browsing.
One more thing to keep in mind: the temporary Internet file cache we just showed you how to increase is also something that you should occasionally clear out (especially if you notice issues loading webpages). We’ll tell you all about that in another post. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: We have a second article outlining how to do this in Firefox HERE!