"Refresh"


  1. Posts : 416
    W11 Home( 64-bit)
       #1

    "Refresh"


    For many years, almost routinely, I have been right clicking empty part of screen and click "Refresh", which makes the screen icons flicker. I have no clue what "Refresh" actually refreshes and flickering of icons accomplishes. Is there a downside doing this?
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  2. Posts : 17,038
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #2

    No downside.

    Some of us often have to Refresh because our Desktops [or, uncommonly, folders shown within File explorer] are not showing the latest changes [additional files or removed files]. This has been a Windows weakness since the last century and there is no solution.
    Refreshing when there is no need does not achieve anything but it causes no harm.


    Denis
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  3. Posts : 416
    W11 Home( 64-bit)
    Thread Starter
       #3

    When something not usual crops up (like an icon/app in taskbar not unpinning on command), I usually just restart. Almost always it solves the unusual occurrence and sends me back where I was. When Restart fails, I do sfc scan, and almost always it helps. But "Refresh" does not do anything other than make screen icon/apps flicker. I am just glad it does no harm.
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  4. Posts : 17,038
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #4

    coolnewyorker said:
    ... an icon/app in taskbar not unpinning on command ...
    If that happened to me I'd reinstall the display driver in case it had become corrupted.

    Thanks for the rep,
    Denis
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  5. Posts : 1,298
    Windows 10
       #5

    Refresh is just for updating the desktop when state changes are made that are not displaying correctly or where they need updating it only works for some basic ui things and not others.

    One test you can do to visualize this is right click on any icon on the desktop and then click Cut the icon will go transparent and should have the selection bounding box around it now click refresh and it will go back to normal.

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    I am not sure exactly how the desktop works in this regard but this sort of logic suggest it uses state machine type logic. Also meaning that there is grounds for discrepancy in the current state of the ui and why there is a refresh ability that exists.

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    I have seen at times where the left click drag bounding box gets stuck well refresh would be a way to reset that for example.
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