There are many reasons why you might need to refresh a page on your Mac. This article explains how to refresh all major browsers, including Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.
There are two types of Refresh. One reloads the page, while the other is known as hard refresh. We’ll cover both in this article.
What is a Hard Refresh?
While a standard refresh simply means telling the page we’re viewing to reload; a hard refresh forces the web browser to clear its local copy of the webpage and download the latest version from the site server.
How Do You Refresh on a Mac?
The refreshing process depends on the app you are using. We’ve listed the most common applications you are likely to need to refresh below.
How to Refresh Safari and Opera Web Browser
It’s very easy to perform a standard refresh on web pages on Safari and Opera web browsers. There are two ways to do this:
- To the right of the address bar, click on the curved arrow at the right of the address bar.
- Press Command+R.
To perform a hard refresh, Press Command+Option+R.
How to Refresh Google Chrome, Firefox and Edge Web Browser
To perform a standard refresh on Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge web browser
To the left of the address bar, click on the curved arrow.
To perform a hard refresh, Press Shift+Command+R. Alternatively, hold the Shift key and click the refresh button on your browser.
How to Refresh Mail App
If your Mail has trouble downloading messages from the server or is failing to sync properly, it’s time for Mail refresh. There are two options for this:
- Press Command+Shift+N.
- Click on the Mailbox menu and choose to Get All New Mail.
How Do I Refresh My Mac Desktop?
In addition to web browsers, you can use the Command+R shortcut to refresh many Mac apps, such as the Mac App Store. One notable exception is Mac’s Finder.
Finder doesn’t load content from online servers. However, it can sometimes experience similar glitches, so it’s helpful to know how to refresh it. To refresh Finder, do one of the following:
- Click on the Back button (<-) followed by the Forward button (->) in the top left of the Finder app.
- Click on the Apple menu, choose Force Quit, click on the Finder icon and choose Relaunch.
- Press Command+Option+Esc, choose Finder, and then click Relaunch.
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