You’re rushing to meet a deadline. You type a website’s address on your browser’s search bar. You’re anxiously waiting for it to open so you can get on with your work. It starts loading…and it keeps loading. You wait and you wait…and then you wait some more…
We’ve all been in a situation where we were looking for a quick solution to some problem on the Internet and had to face unfortunate delays. In today’s world of technology, pretty much everyone has access to the Internet and uses it on a daily basis for mundane tasks. From student assignments to office projects to online shopping; you name your query, and there will probably be a solution to it somewhere on the world wide web.
The present day is all about speed, and time is of the essence. None of us can afford to be slowed down due to browser delays. And let’s face it, even if we have the time, who likes to wait? It can be incredibly frustrating to sit idle in front of your computer screen while your desired site continues to load, and you want to do everything you can do get fast results.
If you’re using Mozilla Firefox as your go-to browser on Windows, a great idea to make your surfing quicker is to refresh it. So let’s take a look at the Refresh feature of Firefox.
What does Refresh mean?
Firefox provides the “refresh” option in order to give you a fresh state to work on. This can speed up your browser, and also fix other issues. For this, Firefox will delete your add-ons and erase all their locally stored data. In addition, your browser history and cached data will be removed. Firefox will reset your browser settings, and at last, your browser will now feel much lighter! According to their official site,
Important: Since Firefox will revert to its original state, your own configurations and customizations, including extensions, extension data, and about:config preference configurations are removed. If you’ve made accessibility configurations, you may need to change them back after refreshing.
What can you keep?
What’s even better about this feature is that you don’t have to worry about losing any permanent data. Refreshing Firefox will not delete your saved bookmarks and passwords. In fact, the browser even asks if you want to resume your opened tabs at the time of Refresh, so you don’t even have to lose your current placement on the web! All it does is bring the browser to its default state to fix any issues you’re facing. Pretty convenient, right?
According to its website, Firefox commits to saving these items for you after Refresh:
- Browsing and download history
- Open windows and tabs
- Webform auto-fill information
- Personal dictionary
How to Refresh Firefox?
If you want to refresh your Firefox, it’s a pretty simple process. Just follow the steps below and you’ll have a clean browser in no time.
- In your browser, click on the Menu button on the top left and go to Help.
2. Click on Troubleshooting Information.
3. Click the Refresh Firefox button at the top right.
4. Firefox will ask for confirmation before refreshing. Click on “Refresh Firefox”.
5. Your browser will close during this process. After a few moments, Firefox reopens and asks if you want to restore your old tabs.
Voila! You’ve just refreshed your Firefox and can now start working on a clean browser.
Is There A Way Back?
If you want to restore your old data, Firefox leaves a folder called “Old Firefox Data” on your Desktop after the refresh. Simply copy the files to your new profile if you need any of them back. Otherwise, delete this folder and you’re good to go.
By now, you must have gotten a pretty good idea of how refreshing Firefox works. So go ahead and give it a try, tech gurus!