Hard Refresh

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A hard refresh is a way of clearing the browser's cache for a specific page, to force it to load the most recent version of a page. It is similar to the "purge article" feature on a Wiki. Sometimes, when changes are made to the website, they don't register immediately due to caching. A hard refresh will usually fix this, though occasionally completely clearing the cache is necessary.

How to do a Hard Refresh

Google Chrome

Windows/Linux:

  • Hold down Ctrl and click the Reload button.
  • Or, Hold down Ctrl and press F5.

Mac:

  • Hold ⇧ Shift and click the Reload button.
  • Or, hold down ⌘ Cmd and ⇧ Shift key and then press R.

Internet Explorer

  • Hold the Ctrl key and press the F5 key.
  • Or, hold the Ctrl key and click the Refresh button.

Safari

Hold down ⇧ Shift and click the Reload button on the toolbar.[factually inaccurate?]

Mozilla Firefox and Related Browsers

Windows/Linux:

  • Hold the Ctrl key and press the F5 key.
  • Or, hold down Ctrl and ⇧ Shift and then press R.

Mac:

  • Hold down the ⇧ Shift and click the Reload button.
  • Or, hold down ⌘ Cmd and ⇧ Shift and then press R.

See Also

For more information on the subject, please see Wikipedia:Bypass your cache

  • This page was last modified on 28 April 2014, at 00:39.