After downloading a file, it is not always easy to find its location. Here's how to find and manage Safari downloads on your Mac.
When browsing the web in Safari, it is common to download files from various websites. But figuring out where those Safari downloads are from can be a challenge at times.
Below are several different ways to find and manage Safari downloads on your Mac.
How to download files using Safari
There are several ways to save items from Safari on your Mac, depending on the type of item you want to save. While some elements on web pages cannot be downloaded, files, pictures, software, and apps often come with a dedicated download button. Otherwise, Ctrl-click or two-finger tap an item to save or download it.
It is best not to download any software or apps unless they are from a trusted source.
Where can I find Safari downloads on a Mac
Unless you choose otherwise, items downloaded from Safari will automatically be moved to your Downloads folder. To find this, open finder and click Downloads from the sidebar or press Command + Option + L.
You can change the location of your downloaded files if you want:
Go to safari > settings.
Press the Generally Tab. Go to File download location, and then choose from the pop-up. Choose Ask after each download when you want more control with every download.
If you want to choose a specific destination, click miscellaneous and select your desired folder.
Use the download button in Safari
Quickly access your downloads in Safari by clicking Downloads Button, a down arrow enclosed in a circle icon in the upper right corner of the Safari window. Note that you won't see this unless you've recently downloaded an item.
Open the Downloads stack in the Dock
Another way to instantly access your downloaded files is through the Dock. Your most recent downloads are often in a stack on the right side of the dock. Hover over it to preview the content or click to expand it.
Open the Downloads folder in the Finder
As mentioned earlier, you can also use the Finder to find your Safari downloads. This is a valuable utility for finding items on our Mac. Just click the magnify button on your menu bar and type in "Downloads" or go to your Dock and click Finder to open the Finder window.
You can usually find the Downloads folder in the sidebar under Favorites.
How to manage your Safari downloads
There are several ways to manage your ongoing or completed downloads in Safari. To perform these actions, open the Downloads Menu in Safari itself. Here's what you can do:
- Stop downloads: If you are currently downloading, click Stop button next to the file name to pause the download, and then click curriculum vitae button to take it up again.
Find a downloaded article: If you have a cluttered Mac and can't find your downloaded file, just click the magnifying glass next to the file name to open it in Finder.
- Remove a downloaded item: To remove an individual item from the list, Ctrl + click the item and select Remove from list. You can also remove all of your recently downloaded items by clicking Clear in the top right of the popup.
By default, Safari automatically deletes downloaded items after a day. If you want to change this:
Go to safari > settings.
click Generallythen go to Remove download list items. Choose After a day, When Safari exits, After a successful download, or Manually.
Manage your Safari downloads
There is a lot of content available for download on the internet and just knowing how to download it is usually half the battle. But once you've done that, you can use the tips in this guide to find and manage your Safari downloads with ease. You can even adjust your download settings for better control over where your files are saved and when they are deleted.
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Rachel Melegrito gave up her college teaching career to become a full-fledged content writer. She loves everything from Apple – from iPhones to Apple Watches to MacBooks. She is also a licensed occupational therapist and budding SEO strategist.
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