How To Set F5 Shortcut To Refresh Chrome On Mac

Trying to use the F5 shortcut to refresh Chrome Browser on a Mac, and it’s not working? or maybe you are trying to clear the Chrome browser’s cache. If you have moved recently from a Windows machine to an Apple machine with the macOS, then it’s quite likely you faced the issue of trying to use the F5 shortcut to refresh Chrome, but nothing happens. The Page did not refresh. That’s because the refresh command in Mac is different – you will need to use “Command ⌘ + R” to refresh a web page.

If you are going to use a Mac long term, it probably makes sense to stick with the Command ⌘ +R option and learn it with all the other Mac-specific commands and shortcuts that are inevitable when you switch to a new OS. On the other hand, if you are frequently switching between Windows and macOS machines, and just like to keep things the same especially with heavy browsing or web development work, then there is an easy way to set the F5 shortcut to refresh Chrome on macOS.

Steps to Set F5 Shortcut to refresh Chrome

Total Time: 2 minutes

  1. Go to Keyboard Options in System Preferences

    Mac Keyboard Preferences

    Go to System Preferences and click on Keyboard

  2. Selecting Shortcuts Option

    Mac Shortcut Options

    In the Keyboard options, select the Shortcuts tab

  3. Selecting App Shortcuts

    Mac Shsortcut Options

    In the Shortcuts section, select the App Shortcuts in the list

  4. Adding a new shortcut

    Mac - App Shortcuts

    In the Apps Shortcut, click on the “+” sign to add a new shortcut. This will open up a popup to define the shortcut values.

  5. Setting the values

    F5 shortcut to refresh chrome

    – Application – Select Google Chrome from the dropdown
    – Menu Title – “Reload This Page
    – Keyboard Shortcut – F5 (click in the field, and then press F5)

    Click on Add to proceed.

  6. The F5 Shortcut to refresh Chrome is now Set

    F5 shortcut to refresh chrome

    And that’s it. Your new shortcut F5 to Reload or Refresh the browser page has now been set.

  7. Check Reload this Page Menu option

    Mac Menu - F5 Refresh Chrome on Mac

    If you select the View menu in the Chrome Browser Menu, you will see that the Reload This Page option now shows F5 as the shortcut.

Remember, you can use this method to change other shortcuts for the same or other applications as well, but we would recommend you do this only for shortcuts that you use extensively.

Popular Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

If you are going to be a regular macOS user, then here are a few basic shortcuts or key combinations that most users will find handy while trying to get their heads around a macOS.

  • Command ⌘ + X = Cut a selected item to the clipboard
  • Command ⌘ + C = Copy a selected item to the clipboard
  • Command ⌘ + V = Paste a selected item from the clipboard into your document or application
  • Command ⌘ + Z = Undo the previous command
  • Command ⌘ + A = Select all contents in a document or application
  • Command ⌘ + C = Print the Document
  • Command ⌘ + S = Save the Document
  • Command ⌘ + F = find items within a document

As you can see, in the ones listed above, the shortcuts are similar to windows, with the key difference being the use of the Command ⌘ key instead of the Ctrl key used in windows.

You can find the full list of Mac Keyboard shortcuts on the Apple Website.

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Shashi Venkatesh
Shashi Venkatesh is a 20 year veteran of the technology industry, having worked with an IT Multinational with clients in the Telecom, Logistics, and Airline industry, working globally across America, Europe, and Asia. He enjoys reading and gaming and is an avid motorsport fan.

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