How to Clear the Cache in Excel & Google Sheets

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Laura Tsitlidze

Last updated on February 28, 2023

This tutorial demonstrates how to clear the cache in Excel and Google Sheets.

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Clear Cache in Excel

If you have a problem with editing a document or Excel is taking too long to load, you should try clearing the cache.

  1. In the Ribbon, select File > Options.


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  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the Save window and then in the (1) Cache Settings, click (2) Delete cached files.


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  1. In the pop-up window, select Delete Cached Files.


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  1. The cache will be cleared.  Click OK to close the Excel Options window.


Clear Cache in Google Sheets

  1. To clear the cache in Google Sheets, first open Google Sheets.


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  1. Click on the View site information icon (padlock icon) in the address bar.


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  1. From the drop-down menu, choose Site settings.


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  1. In the Settings window, choose Privacy and security from the left-side menu. Under the Usage section, select Clear data.


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  1. A pop-up message appears asking for your confirmation. Click Clear.


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As a result, the Google Sheets cache is cleared.

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