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How to refresh your browser's cache

Your browser has a folder in which certain items that have been downloaded are stored for future use. Graphic images (such as buttons and icons), photo's, and even entire web pages are examples of items which are saved or cached. When visiting a webpage your browser checks if a copy of the files on the page is in its cache already. If so, it will save the visitor some downloading and make webpages load faster. Some browsers refer to it's cache as Temporary Internet Files.

This website sends instructions to your browser NOT to cache pages but unfortunately sometimes browsers choose to ignore that request and that can result in old files being served behind the scenes. One prime example of that problem is with "css style sheets". If your computer or device has cached an old copy it may need the new version.

If you are facing a problem and think it is due to browser cache issues, you should first try the browser’s incognito/private mode. And, if you still see the problem, it is not your cache, it is something else.

How to do hard refresh in Opera, Chrome, Vivaldi, Iron and Firefox

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. 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.

Chrome & Iron

A Quick hard refresh can be done by using the following short cut keys in Windows & Linux:
  1. Hold down Ctrl and click the Reload button.
  2. Or, hold down Ctrl and press F5.
  3. Or, open the Chrome Dev Tools by pressing F12. Once the chrome dev tools are open, just 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 and do a hard refresh automatically (image below).

Mac

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

This short video might also help

Firefox (Windows/Linux)

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

Mac

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

Opera (Linux)

Hold down Ctrl and and then press F5.
Or, hold down ⇧ Shift and and then press F5.

Vivaldi (Linux)

Hold down Ctrl and ⇧ Shift and then press R.

I am unable to fully test Opera and Vivaldi on any other operating system.

If a hard refresh does not fix the page your other option is to delete the cache

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