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Refresh Finder allows you to have a "refresh" button in the Finder just like the one you are used to in Safari.

Refresh Finder is a wrapper around an AppleScript with an icon you can drag into your Finder window's toolbar.

What's New

Version 1.5.0:
  • Updated for OS X 10.8
  • Retina optimized

Requirements

OS X 10.4 or later

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MaryS9506 Member IconReview+0
MaryS9506
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I'm using Mavericks. Downloaded this Refresh app tonight and have been working with it for over 20 minutes and can't get it to work. Finally after reading a post in Troubleshooting and using the Command+dragging, I got it into the Finder toolbar, but it does not work. The folder still will not refresh. What am I doing wrong?

I resize a lot of pictures and after resizing, only about 5% of them reflect the new size. Most of the time, the old size is still listed. Very annoying to have to mentally keep track which of thousands of pictures you're resized and which you haven't. That's why I wanted to be able to refresh the Finder. Even closing the Finder or clicking to another folder and then going back to my original folder doesn't work. The pictures still list their old size.

Thanks for any help!!

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Version 1.5.0
M. Tamer Ozsu Member IconComment+5
M. Tamer Ozsu
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It seems you cannot add this to the manubar on Mavericks. Has anyone got it working?

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Version 1.5.0
M. Tamer Ozsu
+1

Never mind, I realized you had to Cmd-Drag...

B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+648
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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Indeed, Refresh Finder 1.4.0 is Intel only; version 1.3.0 is Universal. The latest, 1.5.0 is not only Intel only, it has a dramatically too small icon. I don't think the author knows what he's doing in making the icon Retina display ready. It's too small even on a standard monitor. As far as the icon is concerned, he needs to consult someone who knows what image resolution means. At a minimum he needs to supply a selection of icons at different resolutions so that we can apply the one that works the best for us, individually.

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Version 1.5.0
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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PS: Older versions are available on the developer's site. Get the one that works for you.

ndfan77 Member IconReview+1
ndfan77
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Icon is pathetically small (pin-head size) on a Retina display.

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Version 1.4.0
lucaspestana Member IconReview+0
lucaspestana
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Hey there Söderhavet! Thanks for your app!

TO SÖDERHAVET: Just a little sad thing: somehow, against what MacUpdate (and even your website implies), latest version 1.4.0 is NOT PowerPC compatible; support for PPC seems to have been broken when you made this app suitable for Lion. Please, update it (maybe "version 1.4.1"?) so it can be a Binary Universal again!

TO MACUPDATE: In the meantime, please provide this download link: http://www.soderhavet.com/refresh/Refresh_Finder_1.3.0.dmg.zip -- it's Refresh Finder 1.3.0, which works on Snow Leopard, Leopard and earlier.

About the app itself, it seems to do what it promises. However, considering the refresh button is a Windows-ish feature, I'd also like to see a bit more of Windows-ishy things: say, the contents of *that specific Finder window* (not any others that might be open) "blinking" / going blank and then the icons/files appear again -- or even something even more Windows-like: scrolling back to the top of the folder contents (like in Explorer).
Btw: What do other users think of these? Please consider such things.

Thanks and au revoir!

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Version 1.4.0
Bb553
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Second the request for a Universal Binary that also works on both PowerPC and Intel, on Snow Leopard, Leopard and earlier...

Deltabiz
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Use the Key in combo with Arrow-Keys, to navigate up/down Finder windows in list view (works inside many apps, as well).

Google "Mac OS Finder Shortcuts and Hotkeys" to find many other timesavers you may have overlooked...

Tommy-Montag Member IconReview+54
Tommy-Montag
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Using 10.7.2, I frequently have to quit & relaunch Finder in order to see any new files added to the Desktop. This is amazingly annoying, so Refresh Finder is a welcome helper. thanks =)

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Version 1.4.0
B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconReview+648
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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I've used Refresh Finder for some time now. For some reason the Finder frequently did no draw new icons when files were moved from one window to another. This was a problem for me from OS X 10.4 through 10.6. For some reason it has not been an issue in Lion, but I will keep Refresh Finder in my Finder window tool bar just in case.

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Version 1.4.0
macsolu Member IconComment+163
macsolu
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Please explain why this is needed for OS's greater than 10.4.x -- There is perfectly fine, immediate and constant updating of the contents of open Finder windows in both Mac OS X 10.5.x and 10.6.x.

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Version 1.3
Ulyssesric
+5

When you mount an SMB drive shared from Windows machine, you'll know the importance of this button.

Pl_svn
+3

… seems it is needed again in 10.7 :-/

(btw: I don't remember 10.5, but in 10.6 finder refreshes were far from "perfectly fine, immediate and constant")

Polyfade
+0

yes, lion 10.7.2 certainly needs a finder refresh, especially after decompressing files.

NotarySojac Member IconReview+2
NotarySojac
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This app is invaluable - even in Leopard, and especially for a Mac in a hostile Windows network. Files get added to network volumes and I cannot see them on my Mac unless I un-mount the volume and remount it. This app forces a window refresh and suddenly the added files are there!

Luckily, I still had the copy I downloaded at home several months ago because the links on the author's and MacUpdate's pages point to a file that is no longer there. Either the author is updating the file right now as I try to download it, or the app is now moved elsewhere.

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Version 1.2.3
kobalt
+1

The links are working today and get you to the author's website where the file is ready for downloading. Great little app!

asmeurer
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Network volumes are perhaps the only use for this-I haven't tested the following too much with them. The Finder will automatically update info the instant it is changed. It uses the same technology that spotlight uses to automatically include search results without constantly indexing the hard drive. Every time a file is changed or created, the system kernel indexes it to spotlight and notifies the Finder if the file is visible in one of its windows.
Try it. Create a folder on your desktop called "test" and open it. Then open Terminal so you can still see the folder, and type "mkdir ~/Desktop/test/hello/" (without the quotes). You should instantly see a folder called "hello" inside your test folder. Then, make sure you can see the date and time modified for "hello". Wait until it is a different time from when you created the folder, then type "touch ~/Desktop/test/hello" in Terminal. You should instantly see the date modified change to the present time. You can try saving files while you watch the info too. The Finder is quite good at refreshing itself.

Anotherscott
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asmeurer, the FInder in Leopard still doesn't fully update properly, even local volumes.

Try this: Throw some stuff you don't need into the trash. Empty trash. Wait to see how long it will be before the free space indicator at the bottom of the window shows the new larger amount of free space.

gcoghill Member IconComment+218
gcoghill
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The button shows up at about half-size compared to the standard OS X Finder buttons.

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Version 1.2.3
user icon+14
Emrys0821
Version 1.4.0
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Downloads 40,445
Version Downloads 10,360
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 24 Jun 2013
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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