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Auto Refresh is the simplest way to automatically reload and refresh webpages with a custom time interval in just one-click. Furthermore, there is an often need to auto-refresh a web page to look for updates. Also, are you not tired of clicking the F5 button to auto-reload a web page? Let Super Simple Auto Refresh do the dirty work.

Equally important, there is a web browser extension that is super simple to use and super easy to set up for you to refresh a website! With Super Simple Auto Refresh, you just need to pick an auto-refresh time interval to start to refresh the website. You can also define a customized refresh time interval too!

According to me, this tool is one of the best application extension to reload any given web pages on the market. Allowing you to refresh your pages on the selected time intervals.

What Is Auto Refresh?

When it comes to refreshing web pages, having an auto-reload page extension is a very basic and important requirement. Sometimes, you may have an urgent need to automatically refresh a webpage. May it be your personal blogging site, YouTube videos, or any other affiliated website.

More often, because you could be following particular blog articles, game scores, or even some news. And at times, maybe you are awaiting results to get declared on your college website. In such circumstances, a long refresh countdown can be highly demoralizing.

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At times, it could take your time to keep checking for new updates. Not to mention, you might miss an update just because you forgot to check back for them. That’s where an auto-reload or refresh page option kicks in to serve you the purpose.

An “Auto Refresh” extension helps you to automatically refresh web pages on a selected time interval. And with just one click you can refresh tabs on fixed intervals. And even track the countdown progress in real-time by a live icon update.

The best thing about these extensions is that you can search them through Google Play Store using the Keywords Search ‘ Auto Refresh.’ And then you can choose the one that best suits you.

The topmost extensions:
  1. Free Auto Refresh
  2. Super Simple Auto Refresh
  3. Auto Refresh Pro Extension
  4. Super Easy Auto Refresh
  5. SuperRefresh, Auto Refresh pages

Previously, there was an online service called Refresh This which can automatically refresh a website across any browser. But, it turns out that the service has joined the dead pool of web services. Yes, it doesn’t work anymore!

That in mind, apart from the extension plugins mentioned above, if you are looking for an online alternative, you can try LazyWebTools but these services are kind of unreliable. Compared to the browser extensions named herein.

How Does An Auto Refresh Extension Work?

As an example, within the Super Easy Auto Refresh extension (my most preferred) there is an option to enable auto-reload in hard reload (Ctrl + F5) way to avoid local cache.

This tracks all your auto-reload website and countdown progress in Dashboard. With a real-time icon update for the countdown timer for the refresh process. And will automatically start to refresh when Chrome first startup.

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On the other hand, the auto-refresh pro syncs all your settings and auto-reload page across all your devices. Whereby, with just one click you can refresh tabs on fixed intervals. And even track down the countdown progress in real-time by a live icon update.

As for the Super Easy Auto Refresh, it allows you to right-click on the context menu. Allowing you to quickly start to auto-reload while refreshing the current page and website. It also remembers all your auto-reload settings.

Other key features include:
  • Super simple and easy to use
  • Straightforward user interface
  • The custom refresh time interval
  • A real-time countdown timer on the toolbar

Above all, there are no setup skills required. All you need to do is just try out the page refresh extensions and you will know!

How to Install Auto Refresh Extension on Chrome

First of all, to enable auto-reload in Google Chrome, you need to download and install your preferred extension. For example, you can Download Super Auto Refresh Plus from Chrome Web Store.

After you install the extension, the auto-reload button will appear in the extension section. Now, open the page or a new tab that you want to reload automatically and click on the extension button. On the extension, choose the time interval, after which you want to reload the page automatically, and press the ‘Start’ button.

The extension will then start working and show a countdown timer on its icon. When the timer countdown is complete, the page will be refreshed automatically. Fortunately, you can also stop the reload option from your browser extension. In that case, to stop the auto-reload, click on the ‘Stop’ button in the extension.

How to Install Auto Refresh Extension on Firefox

To integrate the feature in Firefox, download and install the Auto Refresh add-on and restart your browser. Now, open the web page you want to reload and select the time period of auto-reload from the right-click menu under the auto-reload option.

You can either enable the timer on the individual page or on all the open tabs. There’s a hard refresh option also available in the add-on. The default time provided in the right-click menu can be edited using the Customize option.

Likewise, you can also stop the reload option from your browser extension. So, to stop the auto-reload, click on the ‘Stop’ button in the extension.

How to Install Auto Refresh Extension on Opera

An important update is that; this option no longer works by default. Opera updated its engine in late 2012 and has stopped supporting this feature directly. However, you can install Super Easy Auto Refresh in Opera to use this feature.

At times though, the auto-reload option is available in Opera by default and thus one does not need an extension for the same. To reload any page in opera, right-click anywhere on the page and select the time interval under the ‘Reload’ every section.

By default, some basic time intervals are provided, but if you want to configure time manually click on the ‘Custom’ option. And as I mentioned earlier, Super Easy is the most user-friendly auto-refresh and auto-reload website extension on the chrome web market store too.

Eventually, to turn off the auto-reload option, just click on the ‘Never’ button. From my experience, by following the above steps, that’s how you can automatically reload web pages using a page refresh extension on Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.

How do you Disable Auto Refresh?

Unfortunately, I tried to find out a way for Internet Explorer users but didn’t get lucky. Again, as a word of advice to all those who are using Internet Explorer, I would suggest that you switch to a more efficient web browser. Especially, to get a better browsing experience on their computer.

It’s important to realize, extension advertisements often lead to unwanted websites that may be scamming, phishing, or even malicious. For this reason, this is why Auto Refresh Plus is considered to be indirectly harmful to your computer. Sometimes also, these extensions can get in the way, causing videos or text to reload when we’re in the middle of using it.

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In that case, that’s why you’ll need the knowledge of both how to reload a web page or even how to disable this feature. No more intrusive activity on web-pages and no more music-streaming getting restarted because the page decides to auto-refresh.

Apologies if you’ll miss your browser or extension in the list. But hopefully, the majority of readers are now covered! In order to disable this feature, all you’ll need to do is follow the steps below:

1. How to Disable Auto-Refresh in Google Chrome

As I mentioned, you can also disable auto-refresh features if you like. And in that case, let’s start with the most popular one – Google Chrome. First of all, disabling auto-refresh on Chrome is a little more complicated than on other browsers. Simply, because you can’t do it directly through the browser. Instead, you need to get a third-party extension first.

Fortunately, there’s one that does the job quite well. And it’s called Auto Refresh Blocker (learn more). Install the extension, then go to its options page under “chrome://extensions” then “Details.” Click “Extension options” and make sure the “Disable Meta Refresh” box is ticked.

To add websites to your auto-refresh blacklist, navigate to that site in Chrome, then click the “Auto Refresh Blocker” icon at the top-right and click “Blacklist website.”

Alternatively, if you’re finding that tabs you haven’t opened in a while are auto-refreshing, you need to disable “automatic tab discarding” in Chrome Flags. To do this, type chrome://flags into the address bar, search for “discarding,” and change “Automatic tab discarding” from Default to Disabled.

2. How to Disable Auto-Refresh in Firefox 

The process for blocking this feature is much simpler in Mozilla’s browser.

Just type about:config into the Firefox address bar, say you “Accept the risks” involved in making changes to Firefox, then right near the top of the list you should see the preference called accessibility.blockautorefresh.

Right-click this preference and click “Toggle” to change its value from “false” to “true,” thereby disabling auto-refresh in Firefox.

3. How to Disable Auto-Refresh in Microsoft Edge

What about the Microsoft Edge Browser? Nope, no such luck. Microsoft Edge doesn’t have a built-in function that allows you to block it, nor is there a third-party extension that does it yet.

While an extension for this could technically exist, Microsoft hasn’t been too proactive about attracting developers to make extensions for the Edge browser. So, there really aren’t that many extensions even available for the browser. Let alone that one which does this specific task.

4. How to Disable Auto-Refresh in Internet Explorer

First, we’re going to scold you for still using Internet Explorer when the browser is no longer being supported and updated by Microsoft. But, the fact remains that a lot of people still persist and use IE. So, these directions will show you how to disable auto-refresh in the deprecated browser.

Click the Start button, type “internet options” and select Internet Options in the search results. In the Internet Properties window, click “Custom tab -> Custom level.” And then, in the Security Settings window scroll down until you find “Allow META REFRESH.” Disable this option and click OK.

Well, that rounds up how to install and manage the Super Simple Auto Refresh extension on all the big browsers. If you liked it, you can install the browser extension of your choice and test it. But, if you didn’t like it, don’t worry, the solution is also listed above.

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