If you’re reading this chances are you’ve probably already learned that Ctrl + F5 in Firefox  on Mac OSX opens the screen reader. Typically in most browsers Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer etcetera, Ctrl + F5 hard refreshes the page. Meaning that the browser does not read any of the information on the page from cache, instead it downloads everything fresh. The correct command to do a hard refresh in Firefox on a page (force the page to reload all data) is “Cmd (Apple) + Shift + R”. This only works on Firefox, not in Safari.

If you need to disable the screen reader press Ctrl + F5 again and it should turn off.

I learned this while working on a client for our Fort Myers Business IT Tech Support Company

  • http://glue-interactive.com Dan Grigore

    Wow. Thanks a lot for this. I just switched from Windows and I had no idea how to do this since it’s really annoying to clear the cache manually each time you want a hard refresh, even with the web developer toolbar. You da man!

    Cheers!

  • http://www.technicalypo.com Bragaadeesh

    No wonder this comes as a first result in google. Thank you very much!!

  • gina

    Great tip thanks!

  • Andrey Tkachenko

    After disable screen reader, hotkey Ctrl+F5 in firefox is not work :(