While Apple prides itself on providing users with an easy to use operating system, and simplicity at the core of their designs, it can be quite confusing to learn how to use Apple’s software if you’re accustomed to Windows. For example, if you’re coming to Mac with a Windows background, you’re probably used to refreshing webpages, web browsers, and websites, by clicking on the F5 function key.
Maybe, out of habit, you tried pressing the F5 function key on your Mac in the hopes of refreshing the page you were currently on, only to watch in surprise, as your Mac keyboard light lowers. The F5 function key on the Mac is typically used in order to decrease the level of the backlight on your Mac.
If your backlight is already off, by pressing the F5 function key, nothing will occur. Luckily, it’s very easy to refresh on your Mac, as well, and soon enough, you’ll be using this shortcut on Windows computers as well, accidentally. In order to get started, and learn the Mac equivalent to the F5 refresh key on Windows, follow along below.
Keyboard Shortcut to Refresh on Your Mac
There’s a keyboard shortcut you can use in order to refresh the content on your Mac. This means, that you don’t have to use your mouse and/or trackpad, and can instead simply use the keys on your keyboard. In other words, the same way you would press the F5 function key on a Windows computer, there are keys you can press on your Mac keyboard in order to get the content you’re viewing to refresh.
Put simply, in order to reload or refresh content on most web browsers on your Mac, you have to press the command + R key. This will work for most, if not all, of the web browsers that are available for use on your Mac. Some examples of web browsers this will work on includes Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Epic, Brave, Opera, and many, many more.
Refresh Webpages in Safari Without Cache
If you’re an advanced user or a web developer, you may need to reload or refresh webpages without cache. If you don’t know, cache is a component on your system that is used to store data, in order to make future access to that data seamless, and fast. In order words, when you visit a website, your system stores that data and memory in cache. Now if you visit that website again, your system will pull the data from cache, and make future visits occur almost immediately.
While using cache is extremely helpful in terms of speed and productivity, it can actually be harmful for developers. If you’re a web designer or web developer, you would probably need to reload a webpage every so often, without using the stored cache, in order to note the differences on the webpage, and perform other necessary tasks, required by developers. It’s also possible you’re not a developer, but would still, for some reason, need to reload a webpage without using cache.
While most modern web browsers, in this day and age, are more than capable of handling cache management, it’s still always best to remain on the safe side, and force refresh pages without using cache, if you need to do so. Luckily, this is very simple to carry out, and only requires a minor adjustment from the method that was described above to reload or refresh webpages.
This method is intended for use on Safari, your Mac’s default web browser. In order to reload or refresh content on Safari, without using cache, use the following keystroke: command + option + R. You also have the option to hold down the shift key, while clicking on the refresh button, using your trackpad or mouse.
Refresh Webpages in Chrome Without Cache
While Safari is the default web browser on your Mac, there’s no doubt that Google Chrome remains a strong competitor, and is loved by users around the world for its simplicity, and design.
In order to refresh a webpage in Google Chrome without cache, use the following keystroke: command + shift + R. You also have the option to press and hold the shift key, while clicking on Force Reload, from the View option on the menu bar towards the top of your screen. Please keep in mind that this method will not dump all the cache from your browser or clear it.
This method is only used to reload the current webpage, without using stored cache memory. It may also be helpful to open an incognito browsing window to view your website, and then use the force refresh option, as described above. No matter which method you use, whether the keystroke, or the menu option, you’ll be able to reload or refresh the current webpage you’re on, without loading from cache memory.