Recently, I made the move from a Windows 10 computer to a MacBook Pro running MacOS. What a shift it has been! While the move has been relatively easy, I had to learn quite a few new things here and there.
One of the main recurrent keyboard shortcuts I used on Windows was the F5 function-key to refresh a webpage in the browser. However, on MacOS, there is no such key. For me, I then simply hit the refresh button manually in the browser window. But, this takes time and becomes annoying quite fast. What is the keyboard shortcut on Mac to refresh a Safari page? What is the equivalent F5 keyboard shortcut that I used to use on Windows?
The answer is luckily relatively simple, although on Mac you have to press a key combination instead of 1 single key.
Refresh Safari webpage on MacOS
Use the key combination Command and the R key to refresh a Safari page on MacOS.
⌘ + R
Hard refresh a Safari webpage on MacOS (clear cache)
Sometimes, a simple refresh of a page is not enough – you may want to also clear cache and cookies for a given webpage in the Safari browser on your Apple computer. You will combine 3 keys on your keyboard as a shortcut to do a hard refresh, Option, Command and R:
⌥ + ⌘ + R
Alternative way to do a refresh
You may also perform a refresh of a page by clicking the refresh button next to the address/URL. Or, hold the Shift key and click on the refresh button to do a hard refresh of a page (i.e. removes cookies and cache).