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A sudden refresh clears the browser’s cache for a specific page and forces it to load the latest version containing changes to style sheets or other scripts. Sometimes, when a website is updated, changes are not immediately visible because the browser always uses an older version of the page, which helps the browser load pages faster.
Web browsers usually download web pages and store them on your computer’s hard drive to increase the speed of websites. This process is called caching. Although this is a useful feature, it can be a problem for developers.
Hard Refresh in Chrome:
A quick update of the hard disk can be performed with the following key combinations
- Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the Reload button.
- Or, hold down the Ctrl key and press F5.
- Simply open Chrome Dev Tools by pressing F12. Once the Chrome Dev Tools are open, simply right-click on the Refresh button and a menu will appear. This menu allows you to perform a hardware update, or even clear the cache and automatically perform a hardware update.
Hard Refresh in Mozilla Firefox
Below are some options for a hardware update with the Windows/Linux operating system:
- Hold down the Ctrl key and click on F5.
- Hold Ctrl + Shift and click R.
Hard Refresh in Safari
If you have enabled the Developer menu option, go to Expand > Clear Cache, or click Option+⌘+E.
To update, click the Update button on the address bar or press ⌘+R.
Hard Refresh in Edge
A hardware update in Edge/Internet Explorer uses the same commands for different operating systems.
- Hold down the Ctrl key, then press the F5 key.
- Or, hold down the Ctrl key, then click the Refresh button.
A hard update almost always works. However, there are special circumstances where you can perform the steps suggested above without seeing any changes after reloading your modified web page. In this case, you may have to try to load the page into another browser or go all the way to clear the browser’s cache completely.
Although saving the Internet cache speeds up the Web browser, since it usually takes less time to display a Web page if it can open the page elements or even the entire page of your local folder for temporary Internet files, you sometimes want to overwrite the Internet cache, for example, to see changes made to a Web page you have just downloaded. On Refreshyourcache you will find tutorials on how to update the cache in your browser.
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