Have you noticed that when you visit a webpage you previously visited, it loads faster than when you visit one for the first time? Well, this speed can sometimes be negligible, but it is always there.
It causes this because the web browsers store data in the form of cache to capture all the webpages you have visited. In case you revisit this page, the web browser will load the cache.
Now you might already see what is wrong with this. In case we make any update in content to the webpage, you cannot see it, unfortunately. That is why you need to hard refresh/reload a web page.
In this article, I will show you how this is done in a few straightforward steps. Let’s get into it.
How to Hard Refresh in Firefox Computer?
The Mozilla Firefox browser has an in-built reload option command that helps in reloading the webpage without deleting the cookies and cache data.
Here are the steps to refresh the web page in Firefox computer:
- Launch the Mozilla Firefox browser on the computer.
- Open any website, say browserhow.com.
- Click on the reload icon to refresh the current page.
This will just reload the page and also remove any temporary errors. But, in case you also want to delete all the stored cache and remove the cookies. You should do a hard refresh operation.
Hard refresh help in clearing any major browser and website loading related issues.
Hard refresh in Windows/Linux PC
Here, there are two easy firefox shortcuts you can use to delete the stored cache and cookies in windows/Linux desktop.
- Hold down Ctrl, Shift, and the R key. ( + + )
- Hold down Ctrl and press F5. ( + )
Just choose whichever shortcut is easy for you to memorize and execute. Running those shortcut commands should be able to do the work for you.
Hard refresh using a Mac computer
This also has two shortcut keys similar to when using a Windows machine, only that the Ctrl key is replaced by the Command key.
- Hold down Command, Shift, and the R key. ( + + )
- Hold down Shift and press the Reload command button. ( + )
Based on the operating system, you can hard reload the page and download the fresh files from the webserver.
Bottom Line: Firefox Hard Refresh
When browsers store web pages to their cache, loading those pages becomes faster. This however means that you can miss any updates in case changes have been made to the webpage. This is where you will need to hard refresh, which is a pretty straightforward task that can be done by a series of shortcut commands discussed earlier in this article.
The hard refresh also uses eliminate any temporary errors that you encounter on the website. If the page is not loading properly, the hard reload will help in resolving the issues.
I normally hard refresh a webpage when I have taken over 30 minutes minus visiting it. This is because I do not want to miss anything new that has been added to the page. Although it takes up a few extra seconds of your time, it is very worth it.
Tell us, under what circumstances do you hard refresh your web pages. The comments section is open for your input.
Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.
|Chrome Windows||Chrome Mac||Chrome iOS||Chrome Android||Firefox Linux|
|Firefox Windows||Safari Mac||Safari iOS||Edge Android||Chrome Linux|
|Edge Windows||Firefox Mac||Edge iOS||Samsung Internet||Edge Linux|
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