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Reload button to resubmit: Explained with fixes

Web forms are a great way of collecting data but can also be troublesome if not made properly. A lot of times, when you refresh a webpage with a form, you’ll get a confirm form resubmission message. 

In this article, we’re going over a few fixes to help you deal with the ‘Reload button to resubmit’ error message.

Where is the reload button to resubmit?

The reload button to resubmit is nothing but your standard web browser refresh button. It could be the F5 key on your keyboard, the reload button beside the address bar, or the button on the prompt itself.

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Turn off form resubmissions 

If you’re using Chrome, you can turn off form resubmissions altogether. Here’s how. 

Step 1: Right-click the Chrome shortcut and select Properties. 

Reload button to resubmit: Explained with fixes

Step 2: Head over to the Shortcut tab and append the following to the Target field. 

-disable-prompt-on-repost
Reload button to resubmit: Explained with fixes

Apply your changes and launch chrome. You won’t see the ‘Reload button to resubmit’ prompt again. 


Delete your browsing data

Deleting browser data such as cookies can also help get around this error. 

Step 1: Type in chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in your browser’s address bar and hit Enter.

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Step 2: Select the cache and cookies options and make sure the Time range is set to All time. Click on the Clear now button to clear out all the data. 

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Reset your browser

Resetting your browser can also help get rid of any form of resubmission prompts.

Step 1: Head over to chrome://settings/reset. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults.

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Step 2: Chrome will show you a warning prompt. Click on Reset Settings, and your browser will reset to default settings. 

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Disable extensions

Corrupt or malfunctioning extensions often cause a lot of problems, including this one. 

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Head over to chrome://extensions and try disabling all your extensions to check if the browser starts functioning as normal again; if it does, enable them one by one until you have all the essential extensions working again.

The ‘Reload button to resubmit’ error should be resolved.


Removing the resubmission prompt from backend

If you have access to the web page’s backend and can modify the code, here are a few methods you can use to remove the resubmission prompt.

Delete no-store

All web pages have a header. On a page with a form showing this prompt, you’ll find something called no-store embedded into the header. All you have to do is remove the part from the header and refresh the page; the resubmission prompt should be gone. 


Use GET

There are two ways to send or receive data across the internet called GET and POST. Generally, POST is preferred as it doesn’t append the data being sent into the page’s URL and is more secure.

However, the POST method also comes with other complications that might include the resubmission prompt. To avoid this, switch the form’s data method from POST to GET and refresh the page. Your form and the data you send through it won’t be as safe, but you’ll not see the resubmission prompt again. 


Use Ajax 

If all else fails, you can use the following Ajax snippet to disable form resubmission prompts explicitly.

$.ajax({ 
         type: “POST,”

         URL: “bin/validation.php”
         data: dataString,
         success: function(){

         //Submission actions here

         }
         });

return false;

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