The Easiest Way To Load A Broken Webpage

Say a webpage isn’t loading right. Maybe it’s collapsed from too much traffic after going viral on Reddit. Maybe it’s blocked in your country thanks to a law like GDPR. Maybe it was recently deleted. Usually Google has a saved copy of that page. And the quickest way to get that saved copy is to type cache: in the address bar.

Just click the address bar, move your cursor all the way to the left, type cache:, and hit Enter. Google will load the page’s cached copy, which usually looks a lot like the normal page. The trick works on Chrome, Safari and Firefox, as long as Google is still your default search engine. (Edge tries to load an app in the Microsoft Store.)

Screenshot: Nick Douglas

At the top of the page, Google adds a link to a text-only version of the page. So Google’s cache is also an easy way to make a webpage more readable.

If Google doesn’t have a cached version of the page, add web.archive.org/web/ before the URL to get a copy from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. And if that doesn’t work, then sorry, try again later.


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