How to Delete Download on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Deleting downloads on a Mac is a simple yet essential task to keep your system organized and clutter-free. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to delete downloaded files on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Method 1: Using Finder

  • Open Finder by clicking on the Finder icon in the Dock or using the Command + Spacebar shortcut and searching for “Finder”.
  • In the Finder window, locate and click on the “Downloads” folder in the sidebar. This folder contains all your downloaded files.
  • To delete a specific file, select it by clicking on it once.
  • Press the Command + Delete keys together or right-click on the file and select “Move to Trash” from the context menu. The file will be moved to the Trash.
  • To delete multiple files at once, hold down the Command key and click on each file you want to delete.
  • Once you have selected all the files you want to delete, press Command + Delete or right-click on one of the selected files and choose “Move to Trash”.

Method 2: Using Downloads Stack on Dock

  • If you have enabled Downloads Stack on your Dock, you can access it directly from there.
  • Click on the Downloads Stack icon in your Dock to open a pop-up list of recently downloaded files.
  • To delete a specific file, right-click on it and select “Move to Trash” from the context menu.

Method 3: Using Terminal

If you prefer using Terminal commands for managing your downloads, follow these steps:

Caution:

Be extra careful when using Terminal commands as any wrong command can have unintended consequences on your system.

  • Open Terminal by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal or by searching for “Terminal” using Spotlight.
  • In the Terminal window, type the following command: cd ~/Downloads. This command changes your current directory to the Downloads folder.
  • To view a list of files in the Downloads folder, type: ls.
  • To delete a specific file, type: rm filename, replacing “filename” with the name of the file you want to delete.

    Press Enter to execute the command.

  • If you want to delete all files in the Downloads folder, use the following command: rm -r *. This recursively deletes all files and subdirectories within the Downloads folder.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned different methods to delete downloaded files on your Mac. Keeping your Downloads folder organized will not only free up valuable disk space but also make it easier for you to find important files when you need them.

Note: Remember that when you move files to Trash, they are not permanently deleted from your system. To reclaim disk space, remember to empty your Trash periodically by right-clicking on the Trash icon in your Dock and selecting “Empty Trash”.

Now go ahead and declutter your Mac by deleting those unnecessary downloads!

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