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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5 Web Browsers
Since the introduction of Safari 4, I've been missing the dedicated Refresh button in the Toolbar. While there is one available at the end of the location bar, it's much smaller than it used to be and is too close to other easier-to-hit targets.

Yesterday's release of Safari 5 brought a new Extensions feature and someone has already taken advantage of it to bring back the Refresh button.

To use it, you need to enable developer mode in Safari. Go to the Safari menu » Preferences » Advanced. Turn on 'Show Develop menu in menu bar.' Safari may need to be quit and relaunched at this stage.

From the new 'Develop' menu, select 'Enable Extensions.' Now go to here and download the Safari Reload Button extension. Double click it to install.

Right click on Safari's Toolbar (or go to the View menu) and choose 'Customize Toolbar.' Add the new Refresh button wherever you want to put it.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. I didn't need to restart Safari. New Safari 5 extensions are being produced rapidly, and the general procedure for installing them is similar to this one. There is a 3rd-party catalog of extensions here, and Apple should eventually have a list up as well.]
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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: Camel on Jun 09, '10 11:41:49AM

With Extensions enabled and on in Preferences, after the prompt for the install I get: "Safari can’t install this extension. An error occurred while installing the extension “Reload Button”. I'm not able to install this or any other extension. Logs don't reveal the source of the problem; I've tried this in a guest account as well, no dice. Advice?

TIA.



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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: crarko on Jun 09, '10 06:46:55PM

Please post your help request on the Mac OS X Hints forum site, forums.macosxhints.com (separate registration is required).

The main site is reserved for hints only, so you may not get as much assistance.

Thanks,
-Craig.



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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: cleanhead on Jun 09, '10 12:59:49PM

Cmd-R.



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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: mc_razza on Jun 09, '10 05:33:25PM

Agree.

How difficult is it to press cmd+R? I do that all the time. It's MUCH easier than using a mouse. In fact I haven't clicked on the Refresh button with a mouse in both Safari and on IE (back in the days before I switched over to Macs) in 5 years. The Refresh button is redundant. Use the cmd+R shortcut instead.



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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: crarko on Jun 09, '10 06:44:27PM

I use the button. Does this make me a bad person? :)



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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: mc_razza on Jun 09, '10 07:51:39PM

'fraid so. You're just evil incarnate. :p



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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: CaptDeuce on Jun 09, '10 11:40:20PM
How difficult is it to press cmd+R? Try doing so while holding a sloppy sandwich in your left hand (I hate getting mayonnaise on my keyboard). Or when surfing the Web California style: sitting way back in your chair such that the keyboard is out of reach but your rodent of choice is not.

Back in my day [waving cane]—when Mac v. DOS wars were still raging—there were many claims that keyboard use is faster than mouse use. I now refer you to Bruce Tognazzini:

We’ve done a cool $50 million of R & D on the Apple Human Interface. We discovered, among other things, two pertinent facts:
  • Test subjects consistently report that keyboarding is faster than mousing.
  • The stopwatch consistently proves mousing is faster than keyboarding.
This contradiction between user-experience and reality apparently forms the basis for many user/developers’ belief that the keyboard is faster.
(see http://www.asktog.com/TOI/toi06KeyboardVMouse1.html)

Considering that Web browsing usually involves a lot of clicking, it's often much easier to use the mouse. And considering that a lot of people still use their mouse to click on OK buttons, it can indeed be deemed very difficult. :-j

PS: Using the Mac OS X Hints comment editor for HTML formatting suffers from the same keyboard chauvinism.

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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: Pedro Estarque on Jun 09, '10 08:01:09PM

Thank you sir. I too miss the old reload button.



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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: ret on Jun 09, '10 09:47:13PM
... and someone has ... ?

That's no way to refer to John Siracusa.
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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: rmanke on Jun 10, '10 08:37:44PM

I'm not sure why, but I have a "refresh" icon in the URL field, and it's been there forever (next to the RSS/Reader icon).

I definitely didn't install an extension to get it.



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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: OmniDragon on Jun 11, '10 07:33:42AM

That extension made my Safari crash every time I went to customize the toolbar. Had to uninstall it.



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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: robot_guy on Jun 12, '10 06:27:51AM
That extension made my Safari crash every time I went to customize the toolbar. Had to uninstall it.

Running Leopard? If so, it's likely not the extension itself, but rather a bug in the way toolbar-icon extensions are handled in OS X 10.5.8. I noticed the same issue with AdBlock for Safari and SnapBack, too.

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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: OmniDragon on Jun 13, '10 06:01:36AM

Yep, I'm running Leopard 10.5.8. I also use AdBlock for Safari. Though, I've never had any issues with it.



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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: 2stepbay on Jun 13, '10 05:38:31PM

Getting an "unable to install" error in Snow Leopard. I disabled Safari Adblocker, however, same error. I suspect Glims may be creating a bit of havoc with the extensions as none will install. A bit too lazy at the moment to uninstall Glims and try extensions, however, it's on my "no end in sight" to-do list. ;).

And no doubt, there's bugs in the extensions process here for Apple to work out. By late Summer the Extension Manager will be available. I think I'll wait until then. I have plenty of useful features already on Safari thanks to 1Password, CosmoPod, SafarStand, Glims, Safari Cookies and Adblocker.

I must say Command/R is one of the easier Command key sequences. Funny to me a reload button is necessary or desired. Also, as someone else pointed out, the native reload button is on the right of the Address Bar. Why create another one?

I'd like to see an extension released that allows changing skins/toolbar icons, similar to what Safaricon offered back in the Safari 2 days.



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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: lsequeir on Jun 11, '10 09:45:04AM

Although I tend to agree that the old location was better, it is still quicker to type Cmd-R.
Power users do say that the keyboard is faster, and that reason for that is: because it is. :-)

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Re-enable the Refresh button in Safari 5
Authored by: Zali on Jun 18, '10 05:03:16AM
As rmanke mentioned above, there's a clockwise-open-arrow reload button in the location window of the Toolbar, to the right of the RSS button, in both Safari 4 and Safari 5. As far as I'm concerned, that's a ridiculous spot for it: You could type Cmd-R five times before homing in just once on that obscure icon with a mouse pointer. Besides, as others have said, keyboard commands are almost always faster than drag-point-and-click commands, anyway.


However, if you're already using the mouse in the vicinity of the Tab Bar or Toolbar, for example, it can indeed be more convenient to click on a nearby reload button than to enter Cmd-R. So I, too, bemoaned the disappearance of the left-sided reload icon in Safari 4...until I read the JavaScript hint posted here last year by isaaclimdc. This bookmarklet has worked well for me in both Safari 4 and Safari 5, and offers the added advantage of not gunking up the works with yet another dysfunctional extension. Ahem.


Note that by placing the bookmarklet in the first (i.e., leftmost) position on the Bookmarks Bar, you may alternatively enter Cmd-1 to reload the page, which is often quicker than typing Cmd-R.


And FWIW, I use a bold up-arrow from the Character Palette as the reload icon: ⬆

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