How To Maintain Your Downloads Folder On a Mac

Your Downloads folder is the default location for browser file downloads. Learn how this relates to the Downloads folder in the Dock and the Download icon in Safari. If you don't maintain your Downloads folder it will eventually become filled with files taking up lots of space on your drive.

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    Joan
    6 months ago

    Thank you Gary! I didn’t realize the options I have when downloading or filing the downloads. Question – is there a way to get the arrow at the end to the beginning of the downloaded files list? I like that window open so I can get to several files but it closes as soon as I click one file, unless I click the curved arrow. Thank you!

    6 months ago

    Joan: Do you mean at the top of Safari? Or in the Dock? Either way, the list appears when you click, and goes away when you select a file. If you want a list that stays open, just open a Finder window showing your Downloads folder.

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