How to Refresh Web Pages in Firefox

By Leonardo R. Grabkowski

Mozilla Firefox is the second-largest Web browser, holding approximately 20 percent of the Web browser market, according to market share data compiled by Statowl.com (December 2009). Firefox has a user-friendly control interface and includes plenty of convenient features and keyboard shortcuts. Refreshing or reloading Web pages in Firefox is easy, and the browser offers multiple options for doing so.

Step 1

Click on the "Reload/Refresh" button at the top of your toolbar menu (icon of a circular arrow) to refresh a Web page.

Step 2

Use keyboard shortcuts to refresh a Web page. Press and hold "CTRL" on your keyboard, and then press the "R" key.

Step 3

Refresh a Web page and bypass the cache by holding "Shift" and "Ctrl," and then pressing the "R" key.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bypassing the cache to refresh a Web page is useful in certain circumstances. For example, if you want to reload the page as if you've never visited it. Keep in mind this will log you out of Web pages requiring a sign in. It will also reset your scroll bar to the top of the Web page rather than keep it in the same position on the page, as a standard refresh does.