Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Manually Refreshing Favicons

A favicon (which is the short of Favorite Icon) is a little square image associated to a website which is typically displayed next to the web sites title in browser tabs and bookmarks section. For example, the favicon for this blog is and the favicon for blogger is .

If you are a Blogger user, then Blogger's favicon is used for your blog by default, but you can change it. Follow these steps to change the favicon for your blog:

  • On your blog's dashboard, go to the section called "Layout":

  • In the "Layout" section, find the "Favicon" gadget located in the upper left corner and click "Edit":

  • A window will pop up, click "Choose File" and select the image that you would like to use as your favicon:

  • Once the upload is complete, you can click "Save" to use your new favicon.

When a website updates is favicon, the icons in the bookmarks are automatically updated; all the user needs to do is to refresh the page. However, I sometimes find that Chrome keeps showing an old favicon even though the website has updated its favicon. Here are the steps that worked for me to refresh the favicon of a website in the bookmarks section:

  1. Remove the bookmark of the page.
  2. Go to Settings > History > Clear Browsing Data and clear browsing and download history.
  3. Re-visit the page and bookmark it.

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