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I opened a page in Firefox and came back hours later. I reloaded the page (to see if something new was added), but had to notice that something got deleted instead.

Is there a way to see the previous version of the page? Does it get saved in the browser cache? Or will the cached version be removed as soon as I reload the page (and the content changes)?

(If I had expected a deletion, I would have opened the same page in a different tab instead of reloading the page in the same tab.)

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    have you considered archive.org/web ? – Ashildr Jan 15 '14 at 13:13
  • @Ash: Good suggestion, but in this particular case the page/URL was published only minutes after I opened it (and the deletion probably happened some minutes after that), so the Internet Archive crawler was not yet there. – unor Jan 15 '14 at 13:16
  • did you do f5 to refresh ? The mere existence of ctrl + f5 to throw out the cashed version and request a new copy from server tells that cashed version will not be thrown as soon as you refreshed the page. – Ashildr Jan 15 '14 at 13:32
  • @unor - In the case you describe the cache files have already been replaced by Firefox with the newer version. – Ramhound Jan 15 '14 at 13:35
  • @Ash: I switched to the address bar (Ctrl + l) and hit Enter. – unor Jan 15 '14 at 13:35
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The cached version does not necessarily get removed as soon as you hit refresh. The mere existence of ctrl + f5 to throw out the cached version and request a new copy from server tells that cached version will not be removed as soon as you refreshed the page.

In your case, the cached version from Google or Waybackmachine would not be helpful as they might not even have cached the page in concern. Your best bet may be to inspect your cache with CacheViewer or any similar software to find something useful.

You can access the cached version for any page that has been saved by Google with this:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:*example site*

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