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Oct 17, 2018  When you use Finder's List view to work with files on your Mac, a glance at the Size column tells you the size of each file. And check Calculate All Sizes. Finder will now remember your. May 30, 2019 Despite the fact that Apple keeps the Mac Library folder hidden from users, it’s good to learn how to show the Library folder on Mac. You may need to access the Library folder when you need to clear cache, remove the app’s leftovers, edit preference files manually, etc. Dec 08, 2011  The user caches folder sits in /Library/ and contains cache files from nearly all applications that are actively used in Mac OS X. While most apps maintain their caches reasonably well and don’t let things get out of control, some aren’t so good at it, and some apps leave behind rather large folders that serve no purpose if you no longer use the application.

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Mar 16, 2020  The next categories of cache files are the system cache and user cache. They are related to the daily operations of your macOS. These cache files are kept in the Cache folder in the Library. Over time they can take up a large amount of space on your MacBook disk. Steps to clear cache files on your MacBook Air: Terminate the work of all.

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I've noticed the same thing on my machine (same OS and browser versions). It seems like perhaps IE disregards the Cache Size setting completely. And of course, since the cache is in a web archive, it's not simple to go remove just the oldest or largest offending items. (Is that even possible?)
Has anyone seen a copy of IE on OS X behave properly in this regard?

Mine works just the way it should. The Cache setting in IE's preferences is your 'web page cache'. The Download cache is something completely different. It is your incomplete downloads being stored. Your actual cache file for web pages you've viewed is stored here:
/Users/UserName/Library/Caches/MS Internet Cache/IE Cache.waf
At least this is where mine is located. Mine is set to 100MB in my preferences and the cache file in the above location is exactly the same.

Well, I think i had the biggest heart attack the other day, when I checked my cache in OS 9 and discovered that it was in excess of 2G.
This is definitely something everyone should check periodically. Perhaps someone will write a nice little script in BASH or whatever to run with crontab and delete the cache every week or so on OS X.

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I have been trying to sort out I.E. and Entourage cache since November but remain baffled.
I'm assuming you're referring to the download cache file found at ~/user/Library/Preferences/Explorer/ named 'Download Cache.' In OS X this is essentially the equivalent directory to OS9 /System Folder/Preferences/Explorer which has a file of the same name.
But to stray off topic a bit, what about the ~/user/Library/Caches/MS Internet Cache directory?
Two are created when IE is launched. The other is created by Entourage. Why does Entourage need a cache? I don't believe, Eudora et al have a 'cache.' Why is the size of the Entourage controlled by pref settings ('Advanced') in I.E.? After using both apps, why does the content of one 'IE cache file' contain data from both?
One IE file apparently is a 'conventional' cache file (or directory in the instance of Mozilla), but why the need for a second that shares data with Entourage? Why does IE pref setting control Entourage's cache size?
Puzzling. There are obvious files elsewhere which contain the data and pref files for both. But what about the two 'extra' cache files in the MS Internet Cache directory?

So Internet Explorer does leave these entirely large cache files even when you have your web cache set very low (mine is set to 0k all the time). So what's the deal?
Easy- the Download Cache is just that, your downloads. In preferences somewhere (I forget where) is a setting to remember the last X number of downloads. IE has a funny feature where it will actually not only remember the URL and where it was saved, but it also duplicates + caches the portion of any unfinished downloads. That's why, when resuming an unfinished download, you might see a very high speed for a few seconds as it re-loads the beginning of the file from this Download Cache. If you clear out your Download Manager completely (cmd+a [select all], cmd+delete [delete all/no confirmation]), your cache file should reduce in size. If it doesn't then you can manually delete the Download Cache file.

In IE prefs - Receiving Files - Download Options, there is a setting to remember the last 'x' completed downloads. However, mine is set to 10, and I know that the 10 pdf files I downloaded from my econ class did not take up 400 MB of space. I think this is where it would be controlled though, even if it doesn't seem to work.

Sorry - but that trick did'nt work for me (374 MB).
I even quit IE to make sure it had a good chance to get rid of the temporary files.
My setting is a max of 10 MB..
How do you file a bugreport with Micro$oft - DO they actually listen to stuff like this (Yes, I ALSO still believe in miracles)?
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This script will help with this:
'When IE Cache Trasher is run, if the download cache exists, a dialog will display the size of the cache in kilobytes and give you the option to delete it. Depending on your choice, IE Cache Trasher will inform you of the success of your choice, then quit.'

I noticed this same problem yesterday, my cache is set at 20mb but the file was a whopping 1.8gb.
too big.

Method 2: Go to the Finder (or desktop). Hold the Option key on your keyboard, and click the Go menu at the top of the screen. With the Go menu open, you'll notice that pressing and releasing Option will display or hide the Library choice in this menu. Select Library from the Go menu (while. How to unlock user library on a mac. Access Hidden Library Menu Option On Mac. Follow the steps below to access the Hidden Library Menu option on your Mac. Left-click your mouse anywhere on the screen of your Mac. This will reveal the Go Option in the top menu bar of your Mac. You can also click on the Finder Icon in the Dock of your Mac to activate the Go Option.

The same issue exists in OS9. The location of the ever-growing download cache file there is System Folder/Preferences/Explorer.
The easiest way to get rid of it in either OS is with an AppleScript.
With a broadband connection the best setting in preferences for the browser cache is probably -0-. This can be done in I.E., Mozilla, etc. With a decent connection you can reload a page again as fast as you can from cache and your hard drive isn't being pounded with thousands of little html and gif files.
In the bad old days (pre broad band) cache files were handy to have. Now all they do is create a potential directory problem and/or needless use of your hard drive which has to continually save/retrieve them. It's not uncommon to find single pages that require saving/retrieval of 50 to 100 of these little files.
I believe another post has correctly indicated that the I.E. browser cache is IE Cache.waf in /Users/Home/Library/Caches/MS Internet Cache. If you have two other files in there, both the same size as IE Cache.waf, you've just found your Entourage X cache files. All three cache files in this folder will be the same size as your I.E. browser cache setting (under Advanced Settings) and if trashed all three will be recreated to a size of 30MB, the default setting for I.E.
Change the I.E. cache setting to something else and its cache file will immediately change, but the other two will not until both I.E. and Entourage X quit and relaunch. All three will then be the same 'size' again, the setting of the I.E. browser cache.
Presumably their 'size' is the amount they reserve on disk for cache, not a measure of their actual size in terms of content.
Why the browser cache setting ('Advanced' under prefs) should determine the size of the two files created by Entourage X I don't have a clue.
One interesting note is that none of these three cache files, including the browser cache for I.E., can be deleted if ANY Office X application is running. The I.E. cache file will be 'busy' even if it is not running and the only application that is running is Word X.
It's a Microsoft application.

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I wonder why all of us noticed this at the same time.