[pcductape] A tip for refreshing stubborn sites

  • From: "Pam" <ltf01@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2003 21:58:50 -0600

Do you visit web pages with dynamic, frequently updated
content? You know, stuff like news, stocks, and weather-type
sites.  Have you ever noticed that sometimes you just can't get
the page to refresh? Sure, you hit the refresh button but it's
the same page (and you just know it's been updated). Explorer is
stubbornly refusing to re-load the page properly.

Is there any hope? Are you going to be stuck looking at outdated
information forever?

You'll be glad to learn there is a little trick you can use. Just
put a question mark after the URL. Your browser, not being all
that bright, will think it's a new page and re-load it for you.
The question mark won't
affect the page or the way it's displayed, so don't sweat that

Anyhow, here's an example. Let's say you went to:


To make the page completely re-load, type this instead:


Oh, if you need to keep re-loading, you can keep adding stuff
after the question mark:


Cool huh?

Why does this work?

When your browser sees the question mark, it only loads the page
in front of it. However, since the whole URL changes, you get a
complete re-load of the page.

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