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    Hello all, I would like to view the cache on my iMac with a view of deleting unwanted items. I believe option, command, e will delete all the cache?? Not at all sure on that one really so confirmation of yes or no would be appreciated.

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    Hello, Keith.

    CMD-E is Eject a disk or volume, so that won't work.

    What is it you are really trying to accomplish? Normally, cache is not to be messed with at all. Are you having issues you think are related to cache?

    If you want to see what is going on, open Activity Monitor (in the Utilities menu), then click on the Memory tab to see what is going on with memory. There you can see how much cached files are using and whether or not your RAM is under any pressure.
    Jake

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    Need more info Keith...maybe give us an idea of what you would like to do & then hopefully we can suggest a solution.

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    Good morning Jake and Nick, thank you both for your interest in my query. Jake, first I did not type 'command e' I typed 'option command e' and now add 'all at the same time'!

    That out of the way I will expand a little, I have heard that eventually an overcrowded cache can, and does, slow your computer down; (I suppose it would have been better to put that in my original query) and as I have owned the iMac for about two and a half years it might be an idea to have a look at the cache? I think that possibly it is a case of 'a little learning is a dangerous thing'. I have looked via the activity monitor, as recommended by Jake, and I must admit I am no wiser at all. That being so I have decided it is best left alone!!! The 'slowing down bit' might just be a throw back from Windows days?

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    @Keith

    In everyday practice, all you need to do is restart/reboot your Mac.

    If there is something specifically misbehaving, then, as others have said, spell it out and we can take it from there.

    PS Nice to see you back again.

    Ian
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    Hi Ian, nice to hear from you again, hope all is well for you and yours? There is nothing wrong at all but something struck up an idea about my cache and that I had never looked at it though quite why I should do so is beyond me. That being so I decided to have a look, but HOW that was the main question in my mind. As I have already said - a little learning can be a dangerous thing. I have decided to leave well alone and allow the cache to fester on it's own without any help (or otherwise) from me. Thank you Ian, Jake and Nick for your offered help, I certainly do appreciate it.

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    Hello Keith. There are multiple cache's...thus not sure what cache you are speaking of (and maybe you're not sure either).

    Two of the most common cache's are the main computer cache...and cache's related to internet browsers (Safari, Chrome, Forefox, etc.). Usually the only cache most users mess with (clear) is the cache related to their internet browser. Most users don't mess with the main computer cache.

    If you want to do some computer maintenance...download & install Onyx. It's a free & safe maintenance app. Once installed...all you need to do is run Onyx with the default settings...just click on the "Automation" button...then the "Run Tasks" button...then give Onyx some time to complete the tasks:

    HTH,

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    Quote Originally Posted by sllewk View Post
    That out of the way I will expand a little, I have heard that eventually an overcrowded cache can, and does, slow your computer down...
    There is a discussion of this here:

    Macintosh Routine Maintenance
    OS X Maintenance And Troubleshooting
    Item #3


    YASU, recommended on that site, is defunct.

    An extremely similar substitute is:

    Maintenance (free)
    Titanium Software | Operating system utilities for Mac - Maintenance

    Oh...and Option-Command-E will indeed clear Safari's cache if invoked within Safari.
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    Hi, thanks to all who have replied to my rather stupid question! In future must try and give the problem more serious thought before jumping in at the deep end.
    My thoughts at the moment are to leave well alone and let the iMac look after it's self as it has done since I fired it up full of enthusiasm all those months ago.

    Very best regards to one and all from Keith in Derby England.
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