Free auto refresh add-ins for your browser

Auto-refresh utilities automatically update your browser screen at pre-determined intervals. They’re useful for monitoring fast-changing events such as sports scores, auctions and financial markets where you need to keep track of what’s happening. And let’s not forget Facebook and Twitter fans who simply must be tuned in to what’s happening in their social network.

Firefox users have an easy first choice in the form of a free extension called ReloadEvery [1]. It gives you everything you really need.

For Internet Explorer there’s a rather unimaginatively-named toolbar plug-in called "Auto Refresher for IE." Once installed, you have to enable it from View/Toolbars. It’s quite an old product but I found that it worked fine with IE7.
As with all auto-refresh utilities, make sure you turn these products off when filling in web forms, otherwise you may find you lose all your work.

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