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Refreshing Sites

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

OK, do you visit web pages with dynamic, frequently updated content? You know, stuff like news, stocks, and weather type sites.

Anyhow, have you ever noticed that sometimes you just can’t get the stupid page to refresh? Sure, you hit the refresh button but it’s the same page (and you just know it’s been updated). Explorer is stubbornly refusing to re-load the thing properly.

Is there any hope? Are you going to be stuck looking at outdated information forever?

You’ll be glad to learn there is a little trick you can use. Just put a question mark after the URL . Your browser, not being all that bright, will think it’s a new page and re-load it for you. The question mark won’t affect the page or the way it’s displayed, so don’t sweat that part.

Anyhow, here’s an example. Let’s say you went to:

To make the page completely re-load, type this instead:


Oh, if you need to keep re-loading, you can keep adding junk after the question mark:

Cool huh?

Why does this work?

When your browser sees the question mark, it only loads the page in front of it. However, since the whole URL changes, you get a complete re-load of the page.

Another way: You can hold down the Ctrl key while clicking Refresh .

~ Steve

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