Refreshing Web Pages - Why do I have to refresh?
Often when you visit a web page it looks as though it hasn't changed since the last time you looked at it even though there may have been new items added to the page.
This happens because your web browser stores pages on your PC's hard drive. When you visit a page, it is downloaded and stored (called a cache). When you 'go back' to the page, the web browser quite often loads the version it downloaded when you last visited the web site.  The number of days you have in your history setting will make a difference, I have mine set on "0".
It does this to save time.  Most web sites this is okay because they don't change as much as our cattle web sites do.
You can force the web browser to download the latest version of the web page from the web site by following the steps below.

Refreshing Pages Manually in Internet Explorer

  1. While viewing the page to be refreshed, on the Standard Buttons toolbar, click REFRESHRefresh 
    The latest version of the page is now loaded. Sometimes you may have to do this more than once because some servers (your internet provider) will also have a cache on the server.

Refreshing Pages Automatically in Internet Explorer

  1. In Internet Explorer, from the Tools menu, select Internet Options...
    The Internet Options dialog box appears.
  2. Select the General tab
  3. In the Temporary Internet files section, click SETTINGS...
    The Settings dialog box appears.
  4. In the Settings dialog box, from the options, select Every visit to the page 
    Refresh Options
  5. Click OK
    You are returned to the Internet Options dialog box.
  6. Click OK
    The dialog box closes and your settings are updated.
    NOTE: The latest version of the page will now load every time it is accessed.

Refreshing Pages Manually in Netscape v. 4.+

  1. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard (Option key on Macintosh) while clicking the Reload button on the Netscape toolbar. This will reload the entire page, capturing the most recent file. In newer versions of Netscape 4.x, doing so forces the caching server to verify whether the page is current or not.

Refreshing Pages Automatically in Netscape v. 4.

  1. Click the Edit menu; click Preferences
    Click the + sign to the left of Advanced
    Click Cache under Advanced
    Click the Clear Memory Cache button and the Clear Disk Cache button.

How to clear your browsers cache.

You need to clear your browser's cache. Almost all web browsers maintain a local copy of web pages and other related items on your disk or memory to speedup reloading of previously visited pages from the Internet. 
    
TIP: Although it's not required by all browsers, restarting your browser after clearing the cache is a good idea. If you're using Explorer 4.x or Explorer 5.x it's better to restart the computer as well.
 
Navigator 3.x:
Select "Options | Network Preferences..." from the main menu
Change to the "Cache" tab
Click on "Clear Memory Cache Now" and "Clear Disk Cache Now" buttons to clear memory and disk cache
 
Communicator 4.x:
Select "Edit | Preferences..." from the main menu
Change to the "Advanced | Cache" section
Click on "Clear Memory Cache" and "Clear Disk Cache" buttons to clear memory and disk cache
    
TIP:
Navigator 3.x and Communicator 4.x users: If you're often having to reload frequently updated pages, you may want to take this chance to set "Verify Documents" option to "Every Time." This will make the browser retreive the latest copy of a web page even if it's in the cache.
 
Explorer 3.x:
Select "View | Options..." from the main menu
Change to the "Advanced" tab
Click on "Settings" button
Click on "Empty Folder..."
    
TIP:
If you're running out of hard disk space, you could reduce percent of disk space used by Explorer 3.x for its cache by sliding the "Amount of disk space to use" guage.
 
Explorer 4.x:
Select "View | Internet Options..." from the main menu
Change to the "General" tab
Click on "Delete Files" button
    
TIP:
If you have Explorer 4.x Active Channel subscriptions, check "Delete all subscription content" to delete cached channel content as well.
 
Explorer 5.x:
Select "Tools | Internet Options..." from the main menu
Change to the "General" tab
Click on "Delete Files" button
    
TIP:
If you have stored web pages for offline viewing, check "Delete all offline content"
 
America Online 3.x (with Explorer 3.x):
Select "Members | Preferences" from the main menu
Click on the "WWW" button
Click on "Advanced..."
Click on "Purge Cache" to clear the cache
    
TIP:
Be sure to check "Cache web pages and graphics locally" (which should be enabled by default) to speedup surfing.
 
America Online 4.x:
Select "My AOL | Preferences" from the main menu
Click on the "WWW" button
Change to the "General" tab
Click on "Delete Files" button
    
TIP:
If you have Explorer 4.x Active Channel subscriptions, check "Delete all subscription content" to delete cached channel content as well. If you have stored web pages for offline viewing, check "Delete all offline content"
 
Hope this helps, Becky