My husband isn't really that tech savvy. Actually in the spirit of full disclosure he's borderline hopeless.
I'm not casting aspersions on his intelligence, his learning skills or abilities as he achieves some amazing things, however he just doesn't have the need to keep up with those little techy things.
It got me thinking though - I wondered how many of you also don't have time to learn or remember practices that can really help you out of a jam so I thought, why not add a new blog category - Keystrokes and Tech Tips.
So.... being the first blog post of this category I thought I would start with the most common thing I get asked.
What is the difference between F5 and CTRL F5
Using any web based service will eventually result in a bit of a clog between the website server and your browser. It's not rare, its doesn't mean anything is wrong, it just means that things might have changed since you loaded that page into your browser.
When you load a webpage if its the first time you've visitied it, the browser asks the server for the content and the server returns it for your viewing. To save both resources and time, your browser stores this info in something called a cache. This enables you to navigate the website quickly as the pages are stored in the cache locally.
If during the time you are checking out this website something changes you won't necessarily see it as you are viewing the cached version. Different browsers refresh the cache at different times and you can also override this is most browser settings, however we aren't going to go into that here.
If you are working away and your page seems to stop, your first option would be the F5 button.
F5 and the refresh button will go to your browser's cache and redisplay the page based on what is stored in the cache.
So if you just want to reactivate your browser F5 will most likely do that.
If you use Ctrl + F5 that forces the browser to go back to the server and ask for a brand new instance of the website. Effectively it forces the browser to clear the cache, get the newest verions and refill the cache with that info, and of course that is now what you see.
I have the nasty habbit of using CTRL + F5 constantly as I'm often refreshing to see code changes so I need the server to show me the latest version.
One isn't worse than the other, the only difference is that if you use CTRL + F5 you will reload the page from the server which will be slightly slower and of course use your bandwidth.
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