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A hard refresh is a way of clearing the browser's cache for a specific page to force it to load the most recent version of a page. It is similar to the "purge article" feature on a Wiki. Sometimes, when changes are made to the website, they do not register immediately due to caching. A hard refresh will usually fix this, though occasionally completely clearing the cache is necessary.

How to do a Hard Refresh

Google Chrome

Windows/Linux/ChromeOS:

  • Hold down Ctrl and click the Reload button. On a Chromebook, be careful not to hold ⇧ Shift and press the physical reload key on the keyboard, or it will rotate the internal display.

Windows/Linux:

  • Press Ctrl+F5.

Mac:

  • Hold ⇧ Shift and click the Reload button.
  • Or, press ⌘ Cmd+⇧ Shift+R.

Internet Explorer

Note Note: Internet Explorer is not supported by Scratch 3.0.
  • Press Ctrl+F5.
  • Or, hold the Ctrl key and click the Refresh button.

Safari

Hold down ⌥ Option+⌘ Cmd+e.

Mozilla Firefox and Related Browsers

Windows/Linux:

  • Press Ctrl+F5.
  • Or, press Ctrl+⇧ Shift+R.

Mac:

  • Hold down ⇧ Shift and click the Reload button.
  • Or, press ⌘ Cmd+⇧ Shift+R.

See Also

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