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How to refresh on a MacBook?

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We all have pressed the F5 button to refresh Windows. But do you know how to refresh on a MacBook?

When you refresh a Mac, you are essentially reloading the current page of the application. This can be useful if the page or application is not responding or if you want to see the latest updates.

Here are some benefits of refreshing a Mac:

  • It can fix problems with the page or application.
  • It can show the latest updates to the page or application.
  • It can free up memory and improve performance.

Perform refresh on a Mac

In Windows, pressing F5 is a universal shortcut for refreshing the browser or any other application. However, things are a bit different for Macs.

On Mac, press Command + R to perform a refresh. If you still have trouble with the application, try restarting your computer.

Sometimes, a normal refresh won’t work. In this case, try to hard refresh the browsers. Press and hold the Shift key, and clicking the refresh button will do the task just fine.

The refresh button is like an unfinished circle and is easily noticeable. In Google Chrome, Edge, and Firefox, it is located on the left of the address bar, while on Safari, it is located on the right side of the address bar.

Refresh the Finder app on MacBook

Usually, pressing Command + R helps in refreshing most of the applications. However, there are some exceptions to this general shortcut, the most notable being the Finder application. The Finder application is Mac’s file system manager, and to refresh it, you will have to use the back or the forward button at the screen’s top left corner. It is not a typical refresh that you usually perform, but it can update the folder’s contents.

Refresh the email inbox on a MacBook

Press Command + Shift + N to refresh the inbox if you’re using Apple Mail. On other email services, you will easily notice the refresh button.

Also read: Refresh button on Chromebook explained

Frequently answered questions (FAQs)

Let us dive into some FAQs related to the topic:

Where is the refresh button on a Mac?

There is no refresh button on Mac. You will have to press Command + R to perform a refresh.

How to do F5 refresh on Mac?

Use Command + R to do an equivalent of an F5 refresh on Mac.

How do you refresh a page on a MacBook Pro?

If you want to refresh a webpage, press the refresh button on the browser. If you want to refresh the macOS, then press Command + R.

Also read: How to refresh Discord?

Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: