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On just about every web browser is a button referred to as the refresh button.  The refresh button allows one to reload a web page whose contents may have changed over time.  However, because web browsers cache or maintain files related to the web page such as graphic, JavaScript, stylesheet and other files, most browsers avoid reloading every referenced file in order to cut down on the amount of time it takes to refresh a web page.  This behavior can cause some undesirable side effects when those referenced files have changed and need to be reloaded.  These side effects subsequently led to the creation of the hard refresh.  A hard refresh is a variation of the refresh command, often a Ctrl-click or Option-click combination, that reloads referenced files (usually) in addition to reloading the main content of the web page itself.

last updated 2007.09.27

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