Getting to the proper dialog box to clear your browser history and cache in Google Chrome generally requires several clicks. However, Google Chrome does use a few keyboard shortcuts that alleviate the need for several clicks to clear your browsing data. One shortcut opens the Clear Browsing Data dialog box that clears download history, cookies, cache, passwords and autofill data. The second shortcut opens the History dialog box that displays your browsing history.

Access Clear Browsing Data Box with Keyboard Shortcut

Step 1

Press “Ctrl-Shift-Delete” within Chrome to open the Clear Browsing Data dialog box.

Step 2

Click the “Obliterate the Following Items From” drop-down box, then click the time span of data to delete. Click “Beginning of Time” to delete all history. You can also opt to delete data from the past hour, day, week or month.

Step 3

Check the check box for each data type to delete. You can select “Clear Browsing History,” “Clear Download History,” “Delete Cookies and Other Site and Plug-in Data,” “Empty the Cache,” “Clear Saved Passwords,” “Clear Saved Autofill Form Data,” “Clear Data from Hosted Apps” and “Deauthorize Content Licenses.”

Step 4

Click the “Clear Browsing Data” button. The selected data is removed from the browser. Reopen Chrome to start browsing with a fresh instance of the application.

Access Clear Browsing Data Box Using Chrome Menu

Step 1

Click Chrome's menu button, then click the “Tools” option, then click “Clear Browsing Data” to open the dialog box.

Step 2

Click the “Obliterate the Following Items From” drop-down box, then click the time span of data to delete.

Step 3

Click to check each applicable data type to clear, then click “Clear Browsing Data." The selected data is removed from the browser.