Safari MacBook Pro question?

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  1. jmebbk macrumors regular

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    When using safari is it true after a month or so..you should clear web browser history and 'empty caches' to prolong your Mac from slowing down?

    Do any of you guys do this?
     
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  3. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    No. I keep 16 tabs open in two windows, plus one more window I use for streaming video. If one of them starts acting up, I close it and reopen it under Recently Closed. I've restarted the machine twice in six weeks. Haven't noticed any performance issues. I like keeping history indefinitely.
     
  4. jmebbk thread starter macrumors regular

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    Really?
    How often do you do this?
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    No. Maybe on an older and slower Mac with a slow hard drive, but these newer machines with fast flash storage, there is no need to do this. The difference would likely be imperceptible.

    If anything, emptying caches slows it down. The whole idea of the cache is it is faster to access that data from the cache than it is to download it again.
     
  6. jmebbk thread starter macrumors regular

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    Over a period of time it slows down I am told?
     
  7. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    You have been told incorrectly, or it's just an out-of-date tip.
    Again, with the speed of today's drives, rebuilding browser caches probably does not provide any noticeable benefits.
     
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    At home, not often. At work, where lots of the hardware is ancient? Quite often.
     
  9. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Not that I've noticed.
     
  10. jerryk macrumors 68020

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    I never clear browser histories. I am lazy and want the browser to complete my typing!:)
     
  11. jmebbk thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I don't ever have to delete the web history or empty the cache?
     
  12. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Sure - if you want.
    Not really necessary.
     
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    Only if you're concerned that others might look through it.
     

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