How to refresh on Mac

There are many reasons why you might need to refresh a page on your Mac. And while it’s the kind of thing that you usually do in a web browser, sometimes you also need to refresh in apps like App Store, Mail, and Messages.

Now refresh can be divided into two types. One just reloads the page, while the other is known as hard refresh. We’ll cover both in this article.

What do we mean by refresh on Mac?

When we talk about refresh on Mac, we mean directing the page we’re viewing to reload. This action can be required in a web browser such as Safari or Chrome, but also in other apps that display content hosted on a remote server. On your Mac, these are apps like App Store, Music, Podcasts, and TV.

Why refresh?

The main reason to refresh - content gets stuck while loading the page or nothing happens when you try to navigate between pages.

What to do if refreshing doesn’t work

The most likely case why refreshing might not work is the low speed or disconnection from wifi network or broadband. So check those by viewing different pages in a web browser or using another device to load remote content, say in a social media app.

If other devices on the same network are working, restart your Mac and try again.

How to 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

There are two ways to refresh in Safari:

  • Click on the curved arrow at the right of the address bar.
  • Press Command-R.

To perform a hard refresh in Safari use Command-Option-R.

How to refresh Chrome

As with Safari, you can either click a button or use a keyboard shortcut to refresh in Chrome.

  • Click on the curved arrow to the left of the address bar.
  • Press Command-R.

In Chrome, a hard refresh is performed when by pressing Command-Shift-R

How to refresh Firefox

Again, there are two options: one is clicking a button, and the other - keyboard shortcut.

  • Like Chrome, the curved arrow in Firefox is on the left of the address bar. Click it.
  • The keyboard shortcut is Command-R.

Hard refresh or reloading page from scratch in Firefox is done with shortcut Command-Shift-R.

How to refresh your Mac’s performance

If the problems you’re having with your Mac are more than just the occasional web page failing to load or Mail not syncing properly - time to give your Mac a good refresh.

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One of the ways you can do this is to use a smart tool like CleanMyMac X. It has several modules in CleanMyMac X that can refresh your Mac’s performance, but the two most used are System Junk and Maintenance. System Junk spots and clears out junk files you don’t need & use. The Maintenance module runs regular maintenance routines such as freeing up RAM, running maintenance scripts, and repairing disk permissions.

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How to refresh Mail app

If your Mail is having trouble downloading messages from the server or is failing to sync properly time for Mail refresh. Do one of the following:

  • Press Command-Shift-N.
  • Click on the Mailbox menu and choose to Get All New Mail.

How to refresh Messages

Sometimes when you use Messages on your Mac you’ll notice that it doesn’t display the most recent messages you’ve received or sent from your iPhone or iPad. The solution is to refresh it by forcing sync.

  1. Launch Messages and choose Preferences from the Messages menu.
  2. Select the iMessage tab.
  3. Make sure Enable Messages in iCloud is checked.
  4. Click Sync Now.

What about Finder?

Unlike the other apps listed here, Finder doesn’t load content from online servers. However, it can sometimes experience similar glitches and so it’s useful to know how to refresh it. To refresh Finder do one of the following:

  • 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.
  • If the Finder is hanging, Ctrl-click on the Finder icon in the Dock and choose Relaunch.

How to refresh Spotlight?

If Spotlight is running slow or refuses to work, you can also try refreshing it, or in other words, reindexing it. To reindex Spotlight in just a few clicks use CleanMyMac X. But if you prefer to do it manually, here’s how:

  1. Launch System Preferences and choose Spotlight.
  2. Select the Privacy tab and click the ‘+’.
  3. Select ‘Macintosh HD’ or whatever your boot disk is called.
  4. Click Choose.
  5. Wait a few seconds, then select the same disk and press ‘-‘ to remove it.
  6. Quit System Preferences.
  7. Spotlight will now reindex.

There are a number of methods to refresh your Mac depending on what exactly you're trying to refresh. Follow the steps described in this article to refresh a web browser, Mail, Messages, Finder, or Spotlight on your Mac. And don’t forget to visit our blog for more Mac tips.

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