What is a Hard Refresh

A Refresh button is used by the user to reload a web page whose contents may or may not have changed after a while. Almost each and every browser is having a refresh button which is frequently used by the users especially for those websites whose contents are changing very frequently. But in this refresh, most of the browsers avoid reloading many things related to webpage such as graphics which the page is having, JavaScript which is embedded in the page, or may be some style sheets. This is because, the browsers wants to help the users in cutting down the amount of time when the user requests for refreshing the web page. While this can cause some undesirable effects as sometimes the user wants needs to reload them also while reloading the page. Due to these side effects, Hard Refresh came into use.

A Hard Refresh is a way of reloading the web page on the browser in such a way that instead of retrieving the page from the cache, the actual page (i.e. the page stored in the server) is retrieved and displayed on the browser to the user. Hard refresh is basically the other variety of refresh command only. Hard Refresh is often performed by Ctrl-click or Option-click combination that helps in reloading the referenced files with the contents of the web page. It means that the user has to keep pressing the command key or control key and then clicking refresh button or F5 key on the keyboard. Another way to perform the hard refresh is to hold the shift key or the command or control key, and then pressing ‘R’ key on the keyboard. Performing any of these steps performs the function of hard Refresh for the user and he or she is able to reload the web page directly from its absolute path instead of retrieving it from the cache.

Hard Refresh is useful to the user in many ways. For instance, if a user wants to clear forms then he or she can perform hard refresh and it also ensures the user that the web page which is viewed by him or her is currently on the server and is not just an old copy of it which is saved in the cache and also protects the user from dodged or from filling personal details on forms which are no longer in use.

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