[thelist] How do I force favicon refresh in IE?

ben morrison morrison.ben at gmail.com
Wed Feb 25 08:57:56 CST 2009

On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 2:45 PM, Barney Carroll <barney at clickwork.net>wrote:

> Hey all,
> I recently blanket updated my clients' sites to include our agency's
> favicon
> by default, but in one case the client already had a favicon. I have since
> put theirs back in, but despite refreshes she can't see that because IE
> stores favicons in a bizarre compartment separate from its normal cache.
> The client isn't very technically-minded and does not take the 'it'll work
> fine for everyone else' line (reasonably so) – so I'm struggling to find a
> way to make them see the site as it really is (with the new favicon).
> Anybody know how you can get them to force good behaviour out of IE??


You could try some of these - http://www.make-a-favicon.com/favicon_FAQs.htm

Adding this to HEAD

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon" />

Note the / before favicon.ico.

New favicons may not show up if Internet Explorer's cache of temporary
Internet files is bloated, even if the cached files do not exceed the preset
limit. The cure is simple: just clear your cache periodically (it is
advisable to do this for other reasons, too). To clear the cache, start
Internet Explorer, then select TOOLS, then INTERNET OPTIONS. In the
Temporary Internet files box, press the DELETE FILES button.

Ben Morrison

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