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How to Put Recent Downloads Folder Back on the Dock

Geek Tip: Put Your Recent Downloads Back on the Dock

Mac users, you may be familiar with this problem. Apple was smart enough to include a folder containing recent downloads on your computer's dock, making them easy to find and easy to access, no matter where within the abyss of your system they have been saved. Until one day when you try to drag a photo out of the recent downloads and accidentally drag the entire "recent downloads" folder off of the dock, where it disappears in the familiar poof of smoke. I actually had a tough time figuring out how to get it back onto the dock in its original condition, so I figured I'd share a how-to with you. Find out how to fix it after the break.

To find your recent downloads, open the Finder and look for "Downloads" under the Places heading. Then, click the icon and drag it onto your dock. If clicking the folder once brings up a crazy, alphabetized list of every file you've ever downloaded (this is what happened to me), control+click on the folder and select "Sort by Date Added." Then control+click again and select "View content as fan" to reset the recent downloads to their original settings.

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Liz14985897 Liz14985897 3 years
You are my hero. I Googled all over the place for this, and couldn't figure out how to get the folder to appear as the fan again. Thank you!!
Evelyn14916057 Evelyn14916057 3 years
Thanks so much for the info Was very usefull
weffie weffie 6 years
I don't get it... How is this different than adding any other folder to the dock? You always have the option of viewing as a fan, grid or list. What was the tricky part, finding your Downloads folder in the Finder? If that's the case, you should at least mention that you can also find it under your username folder (with the house symbol) for people that may have accidentally dragged it out of the sidebar, too.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
ditto. mine poofed into the great abyss as well. it didn't bother me, but others using my comp noticed its absence!
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