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hariwanna
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lost my downloads folder

Post by hariwanna » Thu May 17, 2012 11:12 am

During a fat finger moment with my iMac, I managed to make the Downloads folder vanish from the Dock.

I am running OS 10.6.8 and I mostly browse with Firefox 12. I can't remember how to get the folder icon to go back into the Dock. I can bring the folder up in spotlight but I can't turn that into an icon that will reside in the Dock.

Does anyone have an idea on how to restore it?

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Re: lost my downloads folder

Post by Ray Bentsen » Thu May 17, 2012 11:47 am

Your Downloads folder should be located in your Home folder (see screenshot).

Just drag its icon down to the dock, and you should be back in business.

I would guess that you accidentally deleted the dock icon by dragging it upwards, rather than clicking on it.

You have now learned how to add icons to (and delete icons from) the dock!

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Re: lost my downloads folder

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu May 17, 2012 12:53 pm

You need to drag folder icons to the right of the separator in the Dock if it's horizontal or below the separator if the Dock is vertical. Note that any folder can be placed in that part of the Dock. And, you can make or find custom icons for folders, so any folders in that location can be easily identified.

You can also keep folders docked in the top of a Finder window. So if you have several folders that you refer to often, that gives you two handy locations.

Finally, you can add folders to the Finder sidebar, giving you one more option.

Any of these folders can be easily removed from its docking location (as you saw), so don't think of them as permanent decisions. This week's important project folder might be docked just for the week.
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Re: lost my downloads folder

Post by hariwanna » Thu May 17, 2012 2:14 pm

Ray said "Just drag its icon down to the dock . . . "

That worked. I lost the folder because I dragged it above the separator in the dock I keep on the right side of the screen. Thank you both for the assistance.

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