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10.6.4: refresh Finder window?????

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kali90 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 19, 2010 8:14 PM
I find this unbelievable, but I can't find a way to refresh a Finder window...

any suggestions? thank you..
iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,240 points)
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    Oct 19, 2010 8:20 PM (in response to kali90)
    I've never needed to. What is not being updated automatically.
    How about close it and reopen?
    1.8 SP G5/iMac G4 FP/MBP 2.33/iPhone, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,015 points)
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    Oct 19, 2010 8:22 PM (in response to kali90)
    What do you intend to be the purpose or result of a refresh?
    27" 3.2 GHz iMac i3, 4 GB RAM, 13" white early '09 MB,, Mac OS X (10.6.4), LaCie d2 DVDRW, 2 LaCie d2 Quadra ext HD , Wacom tablet, Epson Artisan 810
  • MadisonP Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)
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    Oct 19, 2010 8:32 PM (in response to kali90)
    I second Barney and Barbara. I'm not sure why one would ever need to refresh a Finder window?

    The contents of a Finder window are dynamic and should update automatically as they are modified / moved (although if you have a window open with thousands of items it might take a bit of time for changes to become visible depending on available hard drive space and amount of RAM).

    Closing and re-opening the window in question would be the best way, but again this really shouldn't be necessary.

    You can re-launch Finder but this would close all open windows entirely (option + click and hold the Finder icon in the dock).
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,240 points)
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    Oct 21, 2010 5:45 PM (in response to kali90)
    There's something wrong with your Mac. I've used the Mac OS for 26 years and never needed to hit a refresh button.

    You might try deleting the com.apple.finder.plist. Another possibility is corrupt caches. There are some utilities out there that can help with that, but don't get carried away trashing everything. However, I couldn't point to particular cache to delete.

    As to the question mark. After you drag the app to the toolbar, what do you do with the original app. The toolbar, like the Dock, just holds an alias to the original. If you are deleting the original after dragging it to the toolbar, it won't be able to find the app the alias points to.
    1.8 SP G5/iMac G4 FP/MBP 2.33/iPhone, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • rwhitney Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 23, 2010 2:08 PM (in response to kali90)
    I'm having a similar issue with 10.6.5. Only thing I can point out is that I recently migrated to a new MacBook Pro, on my older one (running 10.6.4), this was not happening but is happening on this one. I have to navigate to another folder and come back to see the contents, where in the past it has always just refreshed itself automatically.
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.5)
  • twomacs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 1, 2011 1:49 PM (in response to kali90)
    I agree that there is INDEED a need for a way to refresh a finder window. I too have been using MACs for 30+ years and find this to be the one aggravating aspect of the OS. While it is usually dynamic, there are times that it does not refresh and closing then reopening is a pain. The problem always happens to me when I use sftp to transfer files (no, it does not make any difference which program I use for the transfer).

    Message was edited by: twomacs
    g5, macbook pro, gen5 ipod, iphone3GS, ipad3G, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,240 points)
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    Feb 2, 2011 4:11 AM (in response to twomacs)
    I've used sftp from the command line and the Finder windows update without issue.
    1.8 SP G5/MBP 2.33/iPhone/MBP Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • homostoicus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 4, 2011 7:10 PM (in response to kali90)
    I have two scenarios where I need a "please refresh my Finder window" button. (1) Network drive - it doesn't update unless I close and reopen, (2) file on local storage is growing - it doesn't update until I close and reopen. I keep hitting my F5 key. Doh!
  • cexilia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 22, 2011 9:31 AM (in response to homostoicus)
    I have the same problem after install Snowleopard 10..6.6 over Tiger

    Maybe this can help you

    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/24714/refresh-finder
    MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Alexander Rautenberg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 27, 2011 3:23 AM (in response to kali90)

    This community spirit where everyone feels obliged to respond on behalf of Apple that things found lacking must certainly be things that you don't really need, that's quite annoying. Why respond at all then?

     

    Anyways, the lack of a refresh option for Finder windows is a serious shortcoming. When you mount an FTP server in Finder, it all works quite well (at least recently, since FTP was discovered by the Mac OS X folks), If anything changes on the server you just don't see it in the Finder window. If you are aware of the change, you can't tell the Finder about it. Closing and re-opening the window doesn't help either. You need to disconnect from the server and then re-connect to see the changed contents,

     

    There must be a way to fix this in a future OS X version, it doesn't seem such a big change.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,240 points)
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    Dec 27, 2011 4:45 AM (in response to Alexander Rautenberg)

    And FTP server doesn't broadcast a change. You must send a get command to the server to see any changes. Even a dedicated FTP client wouldn't update the list unless you requested it. FTP has always been a very rudimentary thing integrated into the Finder. I doubt it will get any better. Here's where you request it, though: http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html

  • Alexander Rautenberg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 27, 2011 4:55 AM (in response to kali90)

    Hence the potential usefulness of a refresh button or command in Finder, as it is present in {substitute any other OS here}, which is what the OP pointed out. I think it is not only useful for FTP (where a refresh would then obviously re-get data from the server), but probably most network mounted folders.

     

    Other than that, the FTP functionality works better than I had expected, shame that it's missing this tiny option to make it truly useful.

     

    Thanks for the link, I didn't know about this. Let's see if this leads anywhere.

  • Thor HoG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 25, 2012 11:32 AM (in response to Alexander Rautenberg)

    An old thread, but I feel obligated to reply as well.  Alexander is absolutely correct.  It is supremely irritating for someone to ask a specific question and for someone to chime in with "Why do you want to do that?  Do this instead."  In this particular instance, suggesting they close and reopen is a painfully obvious requirement, hence the original request. 

     

    Whether you have used your Mac for 26 years or 26,000 years and not needed what the OP is asking for is completely irrelavent.  *HE* needs it.  Answer the question or keep it to yourself.  I actually *USE* my Mac and need to refresh all the time.  I have multiple Finder windows open all the time, and am creating directories, shares, copying files and performing all manner of operations - particularly when building websites and managing folders, wiki, etc and having to close out and open the finder window again, and the *navigate back to where you were* is a total PITA.    In Lion, some things automatically refresh - but things like shares and other network resources do not.  Lion also provides for immediate rename-update which is a fantastic feature, but there could still be some improvement.

     

    My reason for posting, however, it is to support Alexander's statements, and to simply ask people to think first before creating unnecessary churn on the list.

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