Welcome to a guide on how to auto-refresh webpages in Google Chrome. So you are accessing a certain website with the information that you need, but there is one very annoying problem. It needs to be monitored periodically, and the webpage does not auto-refresh itself. But thankfully, there are a few “DIY ways” to auto-refresh a webpage:
- Use a Chrome extension to auto-refresh the webpage.
- Use an online tool to load and auto-refresh the webpage.
- Create a simple HTML page that will load and reload the required webpage.
- Use a Chrome macro extension to auto-reload the webpage.
So just how does each of these methods work exactly? Read on to find out!
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Using a Macro
USING CHROME EXTENSIONS
All right, let us now move into the first method, using Chrome Extensions to help you reload the page automatically.
WHAT ARE CHROME EXTENSIONS?
New to the whole extensions thing? They are simply “plugins” that add will features that are normally not available in the browser. Extensions are not actually “illegal hacks”, but they are officially supported – All the recommended extensions here will be from the Chrome Web Store, run by Google themselves.
P.S. You can manage and uninstall your Chrome Extensions anytime by clicking on the ⁝ button at the top-right corner > More Tools > Extensions.
Just do a search for “auto-refresh” and there will be plenty of extensions on the Chrome Web Store. I will list a few of the popular ones here:
- Auto Refresh – One of the top-ranking and most downloaded.
- Auto Refresh Plus – Another of the popular ones.
- Easy Auto Refresh – Yet another highly rated one.
The usage of all the extensions should be pretty much foolproof, here is an example with Auto Refresh Plus. Just install any of the extension from the Web Store first, then:
- Navigate to your desired website.
- Click on the auto-refresh icon beside the address bar.
- Set the auto-refresh timer.
- Then just hit start.
USING ONLINE SERVICES
Next, this is probably the simplest way without having to install anything. Just visit any of the “free auto-refresh online tools” and enter your required website address.
THE ONLINE AUTO-REFRESH
There is plenty of these free auto-refresh “online tools”, and here are a few:
If you need more, just do a search on the Internet for “auto refresh online”… There should be a ton of them.
The usage of the online refresh tools should be straightforward as well. Here’s how to do it with Page Reboot:
- Set your website URL.
- Set the refresh time.
- Hit refresh, that’s all to it.
But personally, I really don’t like these “online tools” – They will often spam a ton of advertisements… and funky ones at that.
SIMPLE HTML PAGE
Following up, this method is a little more on the “code ninja” side – Creating a simple HTML page that will self-reload… That is pretty much what the above “free online auto-refresh” websites do, MINUS all the annoying ads. So why not?
THE DUMMY HTML PAGE
<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head></head> <body> <iframe src="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aha_ha" style="width:100%;height:100vh"></iframe> <script> setTimeout("location.reload(true);", 3000); </script> </body> </html>
WHAT TO DO NEXT?
Some of you guys may be thinking that HTML is a little bit on “dangerous side”, but here’s the top-secret – HTML is actually nothing more than plain text. We don’t need to install any complicated code editors nor developer tools… HTML files can be created and edited using just the default Windows Notepad or Mac TextEdit.
- First, here’s the above dummy reload page in a zip file.
- Open up the above dummy HTML page in your preferred text editor.
<iframe src="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aha_ha">to your preferred website address.
setTimeout("location.reload(true);", 3000)to your preferred refresh time – This is set to 3000 milliseconds (3 seconds).
- Save the updates (Captain Obvious).
- Finally, just open this HTML file in your web browser.
That’s it. No more annoying ads.
USING A MACRO RECORDER
For this final method, we are going to use a slightly different Chrome Extension for recording macros. For those who have not heard of it, macros are simply recording whatever you have previously done and replaying them – It is particularly good for websites where you need to click on a tab or picture upon reload.
THE MACRO EXTENSION
Again, there are various Marco extensions on the Web Store:
Do a search for “macro” or “automation”, and you will find more.
SIMPLE USAGE – IMACROS
For this example, we will be walking through the iMacros extension – Start by installing the extension from the Web Store first.
After installation, navigate to your desired webpage. Click on the iMarcos icon beside the address bar > Under the “Record” tab > Record Macro.
Navigate the website as you normally would > Click on “Stop” when you are done.
Another dialog box should show you all the steps that you have taken. Simply add
WAIT SECONDS=XX to the bottom, then hit “Save & Close”.
Finally, all that is left is to replay and repeat the macro. Click on the iMacros icon > Under the “Play” tab > Select the previously recorded macro > Then just set to repeat as many times as you like > Play Loop.
For you guys want more, you can actually manually edit the macro and add in your own commands. Check out the iMacros Wiki for the official documentation.
WHICH IS THE BEST?
Personally, I am leaning towards using macros. It may be quite a hassle to set up at first, but it simply offers a lot of flexibility – Even the power of log into websites, click on tabs, etc… But if you want simplicity, then just install any of the auto-reload extensions.
Thank you for reading, and we have come to the end of this guide. I hope this has helped you to better understand, and if you have anything to share with this guide, please feel free to comment below. Good luck and may the cyber force be with you.