One common practice while using a Windows PC/ laptop or even a browser such as Google Chrome and Edge is to refresh it every now and then. This restores the performance of the device or browser to an earlier point. You too must be in a habit of hitting the refresh button frequently while working on your laptop or PC. There are many ways to do so, including the shortcut keys. The latter simplifies the task of refreshing a web page or laptop/ PC. In case, you are not aware of the shortcut keys for refresh, fret not, we have got you covered. Below is a list of different shortcut key to refresh Windows PC and a web page on Google Chrome and Edge browsers.
What is the shortcut key to refresh Windows PC?
If you are wondering how to refresh Windows PC using shortcut keys, then there is more than one way to refresh Windows PC. It can be done by using the context menu, using the F5 key, and using the Shift + Fn + F10 shortcut keys to refresh.
Refresh Windows PC using F5
One of the most popular shortcut keys to refresh is the F5 key. It is available in Windows 11 as well as older versions of Windows. You just need to press the F5 key to refresh Windows PC. On some Windows 10/11 laptop/ PC, you may need to press the Function ‘Fn’ key with F5 as well to refresh.
Refresh Windows PC using Shift + Fn + F10
Another combination of shortcut keys to refresh Windows PC is Shift + Fn + F10. On pressing these three keys simultaneously, you will get the pop-up menu, where you need to click on Refresh.
The above shortcut keys for refresh work only on Windows PC, if you use it on macOS the result will be different. On macOS laptop/PC, you need to press Command + R (cmd + r) to refresh.
Refresh Windows PC using the Context Menu
For the unaware, the context menu is the small menu that pops up when you right-click on something. It is one of the commonly used ways to refresh Windows PCs.
- Go to Windows desktop.
- Right-click anywhere on the screen (except on any icon).
- From the context menu, click on Refresh. In case there is no Refresh option in the context menu, then click on the ‘Show More’ options on the bottom, and then click on the Refresh option.
What is the shortcut key to refresh the browser on Windows and macOS?
After you have learned how to refresh the Windows PC, let’s find out how to refresh Google Chrome, Edge, and other browsers on Windows and macOS using shortcut keys. The shortcut keys to refresh browsers are different for Windows and Mac operating systems. Read on to know about these shortcut keys to refresh on either system.
Shortcut key to refresh Google Chrome, Edge, and other browsers on Windows
You can refresh Google Chrome, Edge, and other browsers on Windows using the browser reload button and F5 key. Here’s how it’s done:
using shortcut keys
To refresh Google Chrome, Edge, and other browsers on Windows laptops/ PC, press Ctrl + F5.
via Reload button
Almost every browser has a reload button next to the URL, you can hit that using your mouse to quickly refresh the page. This will use cache data.
In case you wish the browser doesn’t use cache data during refresh, perform a hard refresh. For that, hold Ctrl + left-click the Reload button. The hard refresh forces Google Chrome, Edge, and other browsers on Windows to re-download items and reload.
Shortcut key to refresh Google Chrome, Edge, and other browsers on macOS
You can refresh Google Chrome, Edge, and other browsers on macOS using the browser reload button as well as Command key options. Here’s how it’s done:
via Reload button
Almost every browser has a refresh button, so in order to hard refresh, Google Chrome, Edge, and other browsers on macOS hold Shift + click the Reload button.
using shortcut keys
Shortcut keys are slightly different for different browsers on macOS, such as:
- Press Command + Shift + R shortcut keys to refresh Google Chrome and Firefox.
- Press Command + Option + R shortcut keys to refresh Safari and Opera.
- Press Command + R shortcut keys to refresh Edge as well as Google Chrome and Safari