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I am used to doing this in Windows with FireFox or IE by pressing Ctrl + F5.

Is there a way to do this for Safari on a Mac?

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Go to Safari > Empty Cache, or hit Opt+Cmd+E. To refresh, click the refresh button on the addressbar or press Cmd+R.

Another tip. If you want to restore Safari, like completely clear all the caches, or parts of it, go to Safari > Reset Safari. I use it usually when I need to clear a lot of memory from Safari, for it will clear the webpage screenshots, the cookies, the favicons, etc.

Edit: On the latest version of Empty Cache isn't on the Safari menu any more. It's now on the Develop menu. To show the Develop menu it, go to Safari > Preferences..., click the Advanced tab, and check Show Develop menu in menu bar. The keyboard shortcut remains unchanged, though.

Safari > Reset Safari isn't an option any more. To clear history you can use Safari > Clear History... and to clear cookies/local storage data, go to Safari > Preferences..., click the Privacy tab, and either click Remove All Website Data... or Details... to view and remove it for individual sites.

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Shift and clicking the Refresh button generally does a full refresh. You can also empty cache with option command E, and then refresh.

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I appreciate your answer as it solved my issue. – NullPointer Jun 10 '14 at 12:36
@NullPointer great to hear it! – ConstantineK Jun 10 '14 at 17:01
The command sequence for that should be Cmd + Shift + R. As described here: – David Jun 20 '14 at 22:35

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