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Set Up Automatic Timed Page Reloading on Your Webpages in Firefox

Do you have webpages that you need to refresh every so often to avoid session timeouts or that update quickly throughout the day? Now you can automate the refresh process with the ReloadEvery extension for Firefox.

Before

We decided to visit the CNN.com International website for our test… To refresh the page we only had one “Reload Option” available…reloading the webpage manually. If you have a website that you want to avoid session timeouts on or your favorite webpage updates often throughout the day then you are most likely experiencing a lot of frustration.

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After

As soon as you have installed the extension and restarted Firefox you are ready to go. There are no options for you to worry with…all that you have to do is enjoy that “Context Menu” goodness. You can see that a new “Context Menu” entry is available to work with and the first thing that you will need to do is enable automatic webpage reloading.

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Once you have enabled automatic webpage reloading the extension will start working with the default “10 seconds” setting. If none of the preset times suit your needs then you can set a custom time frame by clicking on “Custom”.

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Clicking on “Custom” will open this small window where you may enter the desired time in minutes and seconds. The default setting for “Custom” is “1 minute, 30 seconds”…

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We decided to go with an exact “3 minutes” but you can set it however you like…that is the best part of all about this extension.

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Accessing the “Context Menu” again shows that “Custom” is now set as the default instead of “10 seconds”. Notice at the bottom that you can apply your chosen “time” to all of your open tabs or disable automatic reloading on all tabs if desired.

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Conclusion

While this extension may not seem like much it can be an extremely helpful addition to your browser (i.e. watching an Ebay item or keeping track of a “Woot Off” at Woot.com). If you are tired of always having to log back into your accounts or constantly refresh webpages then you are definitely going to want this extension.

Links

Download the ReloadEvery extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Download the ReloadEvery extension (Extension Homepage)

Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/3/10

Comments (10)

  1. Stephen Cronin

    Nice article, but I’m not so sure about the “Now you can automate the refresh process” part – there have been addons to do this for at least 2 years.

  2. Yoshiyah

    Hello,

    What Firefox theme is that? It is beautiful.

  3. David Levine

    I use Tab Mix Plus which has this functionality built in. The dialog boxes for ReloadEvery are identical to what Tab Mix Plus has. I’m wondering if Tab Mix Plus lifted the code from ReloadEvery.

  4. SquareWheel

    I use ChromeReload which does the same thing, although with an icon displaying the time left.

  5. Ross Patterson

    See, this is why I use Opera. I don’t have to hunt for a bunch of micro-apps to add to it, it just does things right in the first place. And it usually does them first. Like “reload every …”, which debuted over 10 years ago.

    The only thing I like about Firefox over Opera is Private Browsing Mode – it’s handy when I want to be sure that my employer’s computer doesn’t have any cached copies of my personal GMail data. So far Opera hasn’t seen fit to add one, but rumors say 10.5 will have it.

  6. Asian Angel

    @Yoshiyah – Glad that you like that theme. ^__^ You should see it when the window is maximized. ^__^ Here is the link for it:

    Foxtail 0.2.3

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/61264

  7. Merl

    Where can I find the index to How To Geek articles?

    Thanks

  8. sudharsan @ technoskillonline

    mmm
    very good sharing dear..
    keep it up
    i’ve been using firefox for a year but i didnt noticed this kind of facilities

  9. steffi

    the extention didn’t work for me.. :(

  10. steffi

    and yes i remembered to restart firefox

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