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Quick Tip: Delete Temporary Internet Files / Clear Cache – Shortcut Keys in IE8

Monday, April 5th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

Web developers have to refresh browser caches a lot (if we even have our browsers set to cache) — if you want a quick way to pull up the “Delete Browsing History” screen in IE8:

Ctrl+Shift+Delete

It’ll pop up, click “Temporary Internet Files” and then “Delete”.  It will stop you from having to click into the menus up top.

Bonus – Force IE8 to “Always Refresh from Server”

If you’re in IE8 and are constantly refreshing the cache, why not temporarily force refreshed content:

Hit F12 (for the Developer Tools)
Click on menu item “Cache” and click on “Always Refresh from Server

You can look back in there to see a checkbox next to it, so you know it’s on.  It will let you always refresh from the server for just the current browser session (very useful).

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How you can fix IE8’s slow “View Source”

Monday, June 1st, 2009 | Business | 8 Comments

I installed Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) on my main machine a few weeks ago, and have been using other browser’s “View Source” since IE8’s default View Source editor takes forever to load.

With all the work, I didn’t have time to figure out how to fix it, but YOU CAN!

IE8 uses an internal viewer by default, but you can easily change it:

  1. Get into the Developer Tools screen (F12 or Tools->Developer Tools)
  2. File->Customize Internet Explorer View Source (yeah I know, weird)
  3. Set to Notepad (like it used to be) or “Other” and use your viewer (I used TextPad)

Now, can anyone recommend a better “View Source” application?  I haven’t looked into this, but it may be a great opportunity to improve efficiency doing HTML and debugging.

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