Clear Your Browser Cache

How to clear your browser cache and refresh the browser.

When I am working with a client and make changes to their site I ask them to clear your browser’s cache and refresh the browser so they can see the changes.

Refreshing the browser just reloads the page.

Look for a circle with an arrow on the end of it. Usually it is up by the address bar, right or left and looks something like these examples.
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When changing a background or header image you may need to refresh twice and/or clear your browser’s cache.

Clearing your browser’s cache removes temporary internet files from your computer.

Every time you visit a website your browser stores the pages on your local computer in a temporary file. This enables quick loading of the pages when you revisit a website.

But when you are working on your site and go to view your changes and see that nothing has changed – it can be a bit freaky. You say to yourself I know I did that right or I thought I did.

First thing to do before you go back and change anything is to clear your browser’s cache. It is good practice anyway and if you have never done it you may find it helps your computer to speed up.

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Example from FireFox. Go to Tools and select “clear recent history”.

Clearing your browser’s cache will remove the stored pages from the temporary file on your hard drive. Every browser has a slightly different process to do this.

This article from WikiHow covers the procedure for several browsers on how to Clear Your Browser’s Cache

Now clear your browser’s cache and refresh your browser and you can see all your hard work (and mine).

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