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How to hard refresh your web browser (to bypass your cache)



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Sometimes a website does not behave as expected or appears to be out of date and display outdated information. To fix this, you can simply force your browser to completely reload the local copy of the page (cache) using a simple keyboard shortcut. How it works:

What is a browser cache?

To speed up browsing, web browsers store copies of website data on your computer as a series of files called caches. When you load a website, you often see a local copy of elements of the website (such as images) that were retrieved from your cache.

When the browser loads a website and sees a change, a new version of the site is usually retrieved from the remote web server and replaced with the cache. However, the process is not perfect, and sometimes your browser may have a local copy of the website data in your browser cache that does not match the latest version on the server. As a result, a website may look wrong or not work properly.

To fix this, we need to force the web browser to discard what is already in the cache and download the latest version of the site. Many people call this a "hard update".

How to perform a hard update in your browser

In most browsers on PC and Mac, you can take a simple action to force a hard update. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click the reload icon on your browser toolbar.

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There are also keyboard shortcuts that you can use to perform the relevant update functions. Since there are several ways to do the same action, they are listed below:

  • Chrome, Firefox or Edge for Windows: Press Ctrl + F5 (If this doesn't work, try Shift + F5 or Ctrl + Shift + R).
  • Chrome or Firefox for Mac: Press Shift + Command + R.
  • Safari for Mac: There is no simple keyboard shortcut to force a hard update. Instead, press Command + Option + E to clear the cache, hold down the Shift key, and click Reload on the toolbar.
  • Safari for iPhone and iPad: There is no shortcut to force cache update. You need to check the settings to clear your browser's cache.

After performing the hard update, the web page should be empty and the reload process will take longer than usual. This is because the browser downloads all data and images from the website again.

If forcing an update didn't fix the problem, you can try to update again. If that doesn't help, the problem may be with the website itself – or your browser may need an update. Good luck!


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