How Does Google Chrome Refresh Button Work?

Using a web browser efficiently may be quite trivial for the advanced users but if you are a newbie on the Internet and have little experience with web browsers, you may find this tutorial about Google Chrome refresh button to be helpful.

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Often times, you may need to refresh, or reload in other words, a web page due to a number of reasons. For example the page may have stopped loading before it is fully loaded, hence some parts of it became unavailable. Or, you may need to see the updated version of a page after a certain time such as on a news website or a social network. It is also possible that you are testing something on a website, trying a UI control or making a selection on a form which may require a page refresh to go back to the initial version.

There are also cases where you may need to use a refresh when testing a style or content change on a web page. While a simple refresh will be enough for some cases, due to the caching mechanisms of web browsers, including Chrome, sometimes you may need to delete your web browser history to see the updated changes.

Luckily, you have multiple options to refresh a web page while browsing the web on a desktop computer. I talked about them in detail in another tutorial about how to reload a page in Chrome where you can learn about various methods of reloading a page.

The Refresh button in Google Chrome is one of the ways for refreshing a web page and in this tutorial, I will show you how it works.

Google Chrome Refresh Button

The Refresh button allows the user to refresh/reload the currently open web page. Basically, it works exactly the same as other refresh methods such as the F5 button, Right Click > Reload and Ctrl + R.

TIP: You can also check the full list of Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts.

In order to refresh a page using the Refresh button, you should follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Select the Chrome tab where the page that you want to refresh is open.

STEP 2: Find the Refresh button at the top control bar of Chrome, to the left of the address bar, as shown in the image below:

How Does Google Chrome Refresh Button Work?

STEP 3: When you are ready to reload the page, press the Refresh button once.

This will refresh the page and load its most up to date version. If the page had any updates in its content or style since your last visit, they will be reflected on the page.

One thing that you need to keep in mind while refreshing a web page with any methods including the Refresh button, is that when you do a refresh, you will lose the current state of the page and you will probably not be able to go back to that version again. This is important to note especially if you are on a page with a form, a shopping cart or a real-time updated section where you may lose the changes you made prior to the refresh. So, be careful and make sure you are ready before you hit the Refresh button.

Most web pages take up to a couple of seconds to fully load depending on their content and page size. During a refresh, if you change your mind and want to stop the page from loading, you can hit the Esc key on your keyboard.

This is all about how the Google Chrome refresh button works. I hope that you found this tutorial to be helpful and if you would like to learn more about how to use Chrome browser, you can check our other Chrome tutorials.

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