A hard refresh clears the browser’s cache for a specific page, forcing it to load the most recent version that includes changes to stylesheets or other scripts. Sometimes when a website is updated, the changes are not seen right away because the browser is still using an older version of the page which helps the browser to load pages faster.

Clicking on the Webpage refresh icon refresh icon in the address bar of the browser is NOT the same as a hard refresh.

 

How do you hard refresh in Google Chrome?

Make sure you are viewing the website before using the hot keys below.

  • For Windows users: hold down Ctrl and then press F5 on your keyboard
  • For MAC users: hold down ⌘ Cmd and ⇧ Shift and then press R on your keyboard

 


 

How do you hard refresh in Firefox?

Make sure you are viewing the website before using the hot keys below.

  • For Windows users: hold down Ctrl and then press F5 on your keyboard
  • For MAC users: hold down ⌘ Cmd and ⇧ Shift and then press R on your keyboard

 


 

How do you hard refresh in Safari?

Make sure you are viewing the website on your MAC before using the instructions below.

  • Go to Safari > Empty Cache, or hit Opt + ⌘ Cmd + E
  • To refresh, click the refresh button on the address bar or press ⌘ Cmd + R

 


 

How do you hard refresh in Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge?

Make sure you are viewing the website on your PC before using the hot keys below.

  • Hold down Ctrl and then press F5 on your keyboard