Auto-Refresh For IE 7

Christopher Casey
Christopher Casey used Ask the Experts™
I am looking for a way to auto-refresh a page on IE so it does not time out
Is there a way to script this?
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If you are using one browser on one machine

AutoRefresher for IE

This Internet Explorer addon automatically refreshes websites for you. You can set it to refresh your pages at custom intervals or any predefined ones. Each browser window has its own refresh control. Istaller/uninstaller are included with this package. Great for surfing Web pages that are updated often.

If you are using one browser on many machines

Manually -

Easiest thing, honestly, is to F5-it yourself.
 BUT... check these settings first:
 Tools -> Internet Options... -> Settings under Browser History
 Under "Check for newer versions of stored pages:",
 select "Every visit to the page" as opposed to "Automatically", because the 'automatic' setting will not be frequent enough for your intentions.
 With "Every visit" selected, you can press F5 and get the page reloaded. (If in doubt, hold CTRL and press F5 to "force" a full screen/page refresh.)

Scripted -

To resolve this issue, edit the SyncMode5 DWORD value in the following registry key to verify the correct setting:   HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\InternetSettings   The data values for the SyncMode5 value include:   0: Never
 2: Every time you start Internet Explorer
 3: Every visit to the page
 4: Automatically

Copy the code snippet and save it to autorefresh.bat. to use.

reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\InternetSettings" /v SyncMode5  /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

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Robin CMSenior Security and Infrastructure Engineer

Is the page your own?
Just add:
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="60">
to the html header of the page. 60 is the refresh time in seconds.
Usually a good idea to also add:
<meta http-equiv="pragma" content="no-cache">
which stops the page being cached by the browser.
Christopher CaseySr Systems Administrator


Actually the issue is the page times out and the user has to click on Home to reactivate the page.
Yes I know its just eliminating users from one click but the higher up's don't want this to happen at all.

My thought was deploying a script that would refresh the target page automatically as if the user clicked the home link.

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Senior Security and Infrastructure Engineer
How about creating a holding page, very basic html, the header contains basically the two meta http-equiv lines I posted, and the body contains something like:
<iframe src="http://your/url/here.htm" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" border="0">
So you embed your "problem" page within another page.
Christopher CaseySr Systems Administrator


Will pass through NTLM work with that? or will the frame block the authentication?
Again thank you for the help!
Robin CMSenior Security and Infrastructure Engineer

to be honest, not sure - try it!
Christopher CaseySr Systems Administrator


Excelent! now for passing the NTLM through and its good!
Thank you!!
Christopher CaseySr Systems Administrator


One issue I just noticed..the refresh makes the page go back to the first
How do I stop this?

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