How to Force a Page Cache Refresh (Mac and PC)

So your developer or designer says they updated you site but you can’t see it. They swear the changes have been posted but you are experiencing no joy.

Maybe the changes aren’t visible, or worse things look misaligned and simply broken. Don’t worry, your developer or designer is (probably) not lying to you or clueless to the lack of apparent quality in their work.

Clicking refresh / the reload button does not always do the trick, the problem is that refreshing a web browser does not always clear the cache. How you clear cache is different based on your browser and operating system. Performing a hard refresh is what we want to do.

Easy Fix – Bust the Browser Cache!

While on the web page in question use the following key combos to force a full/clean reload of the web page (should work in all modern popular browsers):

How to Refresh a Page on a PC

Ctrl+F5

Hold down Ctrl (the control key) and while pressing the F5 key (Function 5) button at the top of your keyboard. You will often hear web developers talk about hitting F5… do this.

How to Refresh a Page on a Mac

Mac Non-Safari (Chrome, Firefox)

Command+Shift+R

Hold down the Shift and Command Keys, then press the letter R

Mac Safari

Command+R

Refreshing a page in Safari can be a little more complicated, Safari can be a stubborn beast and sometimes you have to go with the menu: History > Clear History to force a full refresh on a Mac. Careful though this can clear your entire history, cookies etc.

Working on the Website and Still Not Seeing Your Changes?

Maybe it’s server side-caching. We have an article on how we setup server-side caching and how to clear those caches.