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Windows Vista® Step by Step Deluxe Edition by Joan Lambert, Joyce Cox

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Managing Cached Files

When you visit a Web page, the page and its graphics are stored, or cached, in the Temporary Internet Files folder on your hard disk. The folder size is limited by default to 50 MB; you can increase (up to 1 GB) or decrease (down to 8 MB) the folder size to control how often the folder is purged. If you do a lot of Web surfing, particularly of graphic-intensive sites, the folder can fill up relatively quickly; after it is full, older files are deleted when newer files are cached.

Tip

If you would prefer that Internet Explorer not cache any temporary files, select the Empty Temporary Internet Files Folder When Browser Is Closed check box on the Advanced tab of the Internet Properties dialog box.

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