DYI Fixes

Close apps to speed up computer response time.

When trouble strikes, it’s easy to forget the basics.

Close apps you are not using will free up memory and central processor cycles. In turn, this will speed up computer response time.

Restart. This will clear out digital detritus (such as temporary files) and free up system memory and other resources.

Type your question into a search engine. You might find a quick fix at a user forum or an expert site. In some cases, you can post a problem to get feedback from other users.

If a virus scan is running, pause it until you’re finished working. Scans hog system resources, slowing everything down. Set auto scans for times you’re not using the computer. Don’t skip antivirus software entirely, because malware can really mess with your system. Also set Windows for automatic updates so that you get the latest security patches.

Browser compatibility testing or ensuring the working of a site on different browsers is an important part of website testing. The same site may not look similar when viewed on different browsers. For example, The same page may vary depending on different display resolutions. Therefore all the functionalities and designs of the site must be tested on common browsers rather than fixing and testing on a single browser. Sometimes, changes made on a site do not reflect at once unless we clear the browser cache. In that case, testers need to clear the cache prior to testing. Cache clearing can be made easy by learning keyboard shortcuts. The steps involved in cache clearing along with their keyboard shortcuts are included below.

Clearing cache on some of the Browsers

The keyboard shortcut to clear the cache on browsers like Mozilla, Chrome, and Internet Explorer is the same. On entering the shortcut keys, corresponding pages/pop-ups in different browsers will be displayed. There will be options for users to mark (caches, cookies, browser history, etc.) where the user can mark accordingly. The images are included for further reference.

Mozilla Firefox


  • Select ‘Tools’ from the menu bar..>Click the option ‘Clear Recent History’
  • The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+shift+delete

Google Chrome


  • Click Wrench icon (at the top right of the browser)..>Select the option Tools..>Click ‘Clear Browsing Data’..>Mark ‘Empty the cache’ option..>Click the button ‘Clear Browsing Data’
  • The keyboard shortcut is shift+Ctrl+delete

Internet Explorer 8


  • Select ‘Tools’ from the menu bar..>Click the option ‘Delete browsing History’
  • The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+shift+delete



  • Select ‘Edit’ on the menu bar..>Select empty cache
  • The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+alt+ e

Cache clearing is a type of performance testing, therefore its importance is much higher in web testing. Make sure that you clear cache while testing thereby increase the performance of your testing.. Page cache clearing simply use Alt+F5