Today I had the strange behavior that I added some files to a folder in Finder (that happens to be in dropbox) from Outlook, but Finder did not show them. I could see them from the Open File dialog of Outlook and of Adobe Acrobat Pro XI, but returning to Finder, still not there. Hitting the F5 key to force a refresh, still nothing. Finally, I forced Finder to quit and relaunch, and they showed up. This is OS X Yosemite v10.10.2.

What is going on? Why would Finder not show the new files until forced to restart?

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    That happens to me on occasion, and if nothing else does it I restart the Finder (alt+cmd+esc), while I still do not know what is causing it in first place. on 10.9.5 MBA
    – Ruskes
    Apr 24, 2015 at 17:43
  • This is the only thing that works for me. I'm on the latest version of Dropbox and OS X 10.10.5. It is quite annoying.
    – Aaron
    Sep 28, 2015 at 15:29

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I've known it happen if memory was being paged heavily, or if a drive was particularly full.

F5 has no effect on a Mac, btw, it's a Windows command.

The only real equivalent - to a system that really ought to never need to be refreshed under normal circumstances - is to switch view style…

…from list to column then back again, for instance…
Cmd ⌘ 3 then Cmd ⌘ 2

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