3 Ways to Force Refresh Webpage, Disable Cached Pages in Google Chrome

You must have heard of cache memory, it is a chip-based computer component that makes data retrieval from computer memory more efficient. It acts as a temporary storage area from which the computer processor can easily retrieve data. Cache memory is used in phones, tablets and even computers. In the case of web browsing, to increase page loading speed, web browsers are designed to download web pages and store them locally on your computer’s hard drive in an area called “cache”.

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This can cause a small problem if you have made any changes to your website as they might not show up. Also, for a normal consumer, cache files can affect performance because the computer may slow down and your hard drive may run out of space. Today we are going to share how to refresh or clear these web page cache files, in order to resolve these issues.

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3 Ways to Force Refresh Webpage in Google Chrome and Disable Cached Pages

There are 3 ways to solve the above mentioned issues, they are to either refresh the cached version of the website, or clear or disable the browsing cache, or clear the local storage and data session. We have explained how to do this below.

Force cache refresh

We can force refresh the cache to see the changes to the website, the key combination is different for different operating systems.

  • The Windows: ctrl + F5
  • Mac / Apple: command + R
  • Linux: F5

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Clear local storage and session storage

If the old cache file is causing a problem and you want to clear or delete the old cache files, you can do so from the developer option or from Inspect Item.

  • Open Google Chrome and navigate to the page you want to test.
  • Right click on the page and go to inspect
  • Click on the Application tab
  • Under Local Storage, Session Storage and Cookies, the cached file and previous cookies can be cleared by right-clicking on each file.


Disable browsing cache

If you want to completely disable the cache, you can do so from the Developer option or Inspect Item. Disabling the cache is also good from a privacy standpoint, as anyone with access to your computer cannot look for cached browsing history files.

  • Open Google Chrome and navigate to the page you want to test.
  • Right click on the page and go to inspect
  • Click on the Network tab
  • Check the Disable cache box
  • That’s it, now the cache files of your future browsing history will not be saved.

This is how you can force cache refresh, clear local storage and session storage, or completely disable webpage cache files for smooth website development or a more private browsing experience. How often do you encounter such problems and what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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