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How to force Internet Explorer (IE) to REALLY reload the page?
Does holding down Ctrl/Shift while clicking refresh actually have an effect in modern browsers?

I don't like IE in general however when you hold control and click the reload button it completely reloads the webpage. Pulls it from the source if you will. Is there a way to do this with Firefox and Chrome... extensions, addons, whatever...

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Not a dup, that guy wanted to do it in IE and I want to do it in all the other browsers... –  John Aug 25 '11 at 0:34
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Look here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/385367/what-requests-do-browsers-f5-and-ctrl-f5-refreshes-generate

It has a pretty detailed description of what a refresh vs a shift-refresh does.

Firefox and Chrome should be pretty much the same as IE in this regard.

From the above link:

Generally speaking:

F5 may give you the same page even if the content is changed, because it may load the page from cache. But Ctrl-F5 forces a cache refresh, and will guarantee that if the content is changed, you will get the new content.

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Thank you for the answer. –  John Aug 25 '11 at 0:34
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@bfhd would you mind summarize what that SO answer says, that way users don't have to follow the link in order to get an 'answer' –  Ivo Flipse Aug 25 '11 at 10:18
    
okay, all done! –  bfhd Aug 25 '11 at 22:51
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