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Top tips you need to know about refreshing webpages on Mac and Windows

What is the most annoying thing about Internet? Many of us would agree that the most frustrating thing is when the page doesn't load properly or it takes too much time for changes to apply (i.e. connecting to servers, checking recent statistics etc). The quick access to all the necessary information is the main reason why Internet has become such an important thing in our lives. We value it as something granted and when it somehow fails to satisfy our needs, many negative emotions usually appear. In this article we are not going to be too technical, instead we will briefly overview the main ways of how to refresh a webpage for both Mac and Windows users, as it usually helps to deal with any loading problems. Also, in the second part, the procedure of 'hard refresh' for the main browsers will be explained.

What is webpage refreshing?

Essentially, when you refresh the webpage, your browser pulls the date from its cache.

It helps when some of the information didn't load correctly or was missing originally. Practically, we often do that because while we were using the webpage, some changes might have occurred and the content has changed as well. Many pages have an 'automatic refresh' feature, but not all of them. This operation is especially useful, when you are waiting for an important e-mail or the most recent data, which might be changing every second (for example, when checking the number of views on YouTube channel – it might be changing constantly).

How to refresh a webpage?

Usually, web browsers have a 'Refresh' button somewhere on the screen. It normally looks something like this:

Refresh Webpage OR Refresh Mac Page

The button is located somewhere next to the 'Address Bar'. Clicking on that will make your browser refresh the webpage.

Alternatively, you can refresh the feed simply by pressing 'F5' button. This works in all modern Internet browsers in Windows.

If you are a proud Mac user, instead of 'F5' you need to press 'Command + R' buttons while in the browser:

Refresh Mac Screen +Refresh Webpage

The third possible way is simply by clicking somewhere on the website with the RIGHT MOUSE BUTTON (RMB) and choosing 'Reload'.

Hard Refresh

Though, in some cases your browser will show an old version of a page rather than the most recent one. Consequently, you might not see the updated web site and miss something important. This happens because the browser, in order to perform data loading as quickly as possible, might load it from its cache, which is stored on your hard drive rather than from the Web. In order to deal with this problem, we use Hard Refresh – clearing your cache for a particular website and forcing your browser to use data from the Web. Though, this process takes more time than the regular refresh. In different browsers it might be done in slightly different ways:

Google Chrome for Windows:

Hold 'Ctrl' and click 'Reload' button; alternatively, hold 'Ctrl' and press 'F5'.

Google Chrome for Mac:

Hold 'Shift' and click 'Reload' button; alternatively, hold 'Cmd' + 'Shift' and press 'R'.

Mozilla Firefox for Windows:

Hold 'Ctrl' and press 'F5'; alternatively, hold 'Ctrl' + 'Shift' and press 'R'.

Mozilla Firefox for Mac:

Hold 'Shift' and click 'Reload' button; alternatively, hold 'Cmd' + 'Shift' and press 'R'.

Safari for Windows:

Hold 'Ctrl' and press 'F5'.

Safari for Mac:

Hold 'Shift' and click 'Reload' button; alternatively, hold 'Cmd' + 'Shift' and press 'R'.

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