Refreshing a page will cause it to update with the latest version of that page’s information; you can also fix some site errors, such as the ones encountered when a page doesn’t fully load, by refreshing.

Most of us are used to refreshing the current web page in our browser by either clicking the Refresh icon Image titled Android8refresh.png or pressing the F5 key, but there is a better way to refresh a page:




Force-refreshing a page will clear that page’s cache, allowing you to see the most recent version of the page as opposed to any information your browser saved in the past:


  • Windows — Press Ctrl+F5. If that doesn’t work, hold down Ctrl and click the “Refresh” icon. 
  • Mac — Press Command+ Shift+R.
  • In Safari, you can also hold Shift and click the “Refresh” icon.

Why is pressing Ctrl+F5 to refresh the current page better than the other two options? Because it clears the browser cache for the page before reloading it into the browser. 

Clearing the cache before reloading a web page is a good habit to get into because files associated with a page can become corrupted in the cache, causing subsequent page loads to either fail completely or display incorrectly in the browser.

If clicking the “Refresh” icon, using the “Refresh” shortcut, and attempting to force-refresh the page didn’t do anything, your browser may be corrupted or encountering an error. You can fix most browser problems by doing one of the following (if one step doesn’t work, try the next one):

  • Close and re-open the page.
  • Exit your browser, then re-open it and go back to the page.
  • Update your browser.
  • Clear your browser’s cache.
  • Clear your computer’s DNS cache.

In conclusion: If you’re having problems with a particular web page, pressing Ctrl+F5 to clear the cache for that page before reloading it will often clear them right up!


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