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Add a 'pull to refresh' gesture to Chrome, Safari

You can add the "pull to refresh" feature commonly found in iOS apps to either Chrome or Safari by installing a small extension.

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The "pull to refresh" feature that is now a staple of any great iOS app has found its way to your desktop via a Chrome and Safari extension. There is one caveat, however: you will need to be using OS X Lion in order for it to work.

Originally covered by Lifehacker, but brought to my attention by Twitter follower @StephToThe, the pull to refresh browser extension only takes a few seconds to install and set up.

  • Head on over to the developer's GitHub page.
  • Download the ZIP file containing the Chrome and Safari extension.
  • If you are using Chrome, simply drag-and-drop the Chrome version into your browser. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  • If you are using Safari, you will need to download the compiled version of the extension from here (third comment down).
  • Drag and drop it into Safari, and follow the prompts to finish the installation.
  • Once either extension is installed, restart your browser.
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Going forward, when you want to refresh a Web page, scroll to the top of the page, then pull down. Once you have pulled the page down far enough, the text will change to "Release to refresh." Upon release, the page will refresh.

With the influence iOS has had on OS X Lion and the upcoming Mountain Lion, it makes you wonder why Apple hasn't implemented this feature into Safari. Perhaps it's on the whiteboard for Mountain Lion.