Force Your Browser To Refresh it’s Cache

Whenever you visit a particular web page, your web browser is designed to automatically store a lot of that page’s information on your computer’s hard drive in a place called the cache, or your “temporary internet folder”. Web browsers such as Edge, Firefox, Chrome and Opera are considered very fast due to the cache.

Force Refresh in Your Internet Browser

It takes a lot less time for your browser to summon the pieces locally, rather than have to download everything over and over every time you hit refresh. But this can cause problems. Because, it can mean that changes made to the website aren’t always visible until you preform a hard refresh.

When do I need to Hard Refresh?

Sometimes, when changes are made to a website, you don’t immediately see those changes reflected. To ensure you see the latest version of a site you need to clear the cache memory.

How to do a Hard Refresh in a Browser?

Hard refresh: Chrome for Windows:

First, go to the page you want to refresh. Then:

To carry out a Hard Refresh, press the Ctrl+F5 keys or, while holding down the Ctrl key, click on the Refresh button near the address bar. You can also use Ctrl+Shift and then press R.

Alternatively, you can open Chrome Developer Tools by pressing F12. Once these are open, simply right click on the refresh button and a menu will drop down. This menu gives you the option of doing a hard refresh, or even clearing the cache entirely.

Force Refresh in Your Internet Browser

Hard refresh: Mozilla Firefox for Windows:

Hold down Ctrl and press F5.

OR Use keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + R.

Hard refresh: Edge for Windows:

Hold down Ctrl and press F5.

OR hold down the Shift key while clicking the refresh button.

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Published on: Jul 9, 2019 – edited date : 05.21.2022

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