Mac Performance

How to Refresh on Mac

You’ve switched from a Windows to a Mac and run into some challenges. You quickly figured out that hitting F5, Windows’ trusted shortcut for refreshing your browser, doesn’t yield the same results on a Mac. Now what? Is there a different Mac refresh shortcut you should know about?


Let’s start by clearing up what refreshing means and which forms it may take. A browser refresh simply refers to reloading a page in your browser.


A browser reload on Mac comes in two forms—a normal refresh and a hard refresh.

  • A normal refresh reloads the page without clearing cookies or getting rid of temporary internet files
  • Conversely, a hard refresh on Mac clears Mac’s cache and downloads the most recent page from the server.


Before we start


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Both a normal and hard refresh can be effective in getting a malfunctioning web page to relaunch. They’re helpful when you’re stuck on a screen that won’t load. Let’s get into all the ways to achieve a refresh in the popular browsers.

How to refresh a page on Mac

The steps to refresh a page are similar on the browsers we’ve listed. However, the refresh icon may be found in different positions in each browser, and it appears as a curved or circular arrow across the board. Follow our guide carefully to force refresh on a Mac effortlessly.

How to refresh Safari on Mac

Let’s start with Mac’s very own browser—Safari. The Safari browser can be intimidating if you previously used a Windows laptop, but it’s simple to navigate once you get the hang of it.


Here’s how to reload Safari on a Mac:

  • Straightforward refresh: Open the Safari app and click the refresh button to the right of the address bar. Alternatively, hit the Command + R keys
  • Hard refresh: While in Safari, simultaneously press the Command + Option + R keys. Note that this action will not flush DNS cache on Mac. It will, however, clear cache (not to be confused with the process that clears cookies on Mac).
The refresh icon is outlined in red to the right of the web address in Safari browser window opened

How to refresh Chrome on Mac

If you’re stuck on a page on Google, you’ll find the refresh icon on the opposite side of the address bar, compared to Safari.

  • Normal refresh: Hit the refresh icon on the left of the address bar. Alternatively, press the Command + R keys
  • Hard refresh: Press the Command + Shift + R keys.
the refresh icon is outlined in red to the left of the web address in Chrome

How to refresh Firefox on Mac

Similar to Chrome, the refresh button is found on the left in the Firefox browser.

  • Standard refresh: Click the reload button to the left of the address bar. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command + R
  • Hard refresh: Hit the Command + Shift + R keys.
the refresh icon is outlined in red to the left of the web address in Firefox

Tip from our team: There’s another way to perform a hard refresh in the Firefox, Chrome, and Safari browsers. Press the Shift key and simultaneously click the refresh icon in the relevant browser.

Refreshing isn’t only a browser thing

Everyone knows that web pages can get stuck, but did you know that apps and programs sometimes need refreshing on macOS, too? Like Mail and Finder, for example. Here’s a list of apps that can freeze and the solutions to refresh them:

  • Dock. If the Dock isn’t working, find and select it in Activity Monitor, hit the X icon at the top to quit the app, and choose Force Quit
  • Messages. Are your messages not syncing from your iPhone? Try forcing them to sync. Open Messages on your Mac, click Messages in the top menu, and select Preferences > iMessages > Enable Messages in iCloud > Sync Now
  • Music. If your music isn’t syncing, the process of syncing it is similar to the one above. Open the Music app, click Music in the top menu, and select Music > Preferences > General > Sync Library > OK.
The Dock process is selected in Mac's Activity Monitor app and the quitting options are shown in a pop-window on the screen with force quite outlined in red
Step 1. Force quitting the Dock
Syncing iCloud messages is shown on a Mac screen against a plane, green desktop. The iMessage tab is selected and the Enable Messages in iCloud and Sync Now buttons are outlined in red
Step 2. Syncing Messages
The process of syncing Music on a Mac is shown in a window with the user's library shown in the background in the music app. The General tab is selected and the option to sync the library is checked
Step 3. Syncing Music

Looking for a comprehensive solution to help your browser and apps perform better? Maybe you need more RAM. Learn how to clear RAM on Mac.

Fix a frozen web page with ease on a Mac

Web pages will get stuck from time to time on a Mac—there’s no getting around it. When this happens, you can quickly fix it to get your browser up and running again. All you have to do is figure out where the refresh button is located (usually beside the address bar) and click it. Alternatively, our team recommends you use the relevant command, depending on whether you’re doing a normal or hard refresh.


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