How to Get to Downloads on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you having trouble finding your downloads on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to easily locate your downloaded files on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Using the Dock

If you’re looking for a quick way to access your downloads, you can find them directly in the Dock. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Look for the Downloads icon in the Dock. It looks like a folder with an arrow pointing downwards.
  2. Step 2: Click on the Downloads icon to open a window displaying all your downloaded files.
  3. Step 3: To open a file, simply double-click it.

Finding Downloads in Finder

If you prefer using Finder to navigate through your files, here’s how you can find your downloads:

  1. Step 1: Open Finder by clicking on the blue smiley face icon located in the Dock or by using the keyboard shortcut Command + Space and typing “Finder”.
  2. Step 2: In the Finder window, look for “Downloads” in the sidebar under “Favorites”. If it’s not there, don’t worry – just proceed to Step 3.
  3. Step 3: Click on “Go” in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
    • In the dropdown menu, select “Downloads”.
      Note: You can also use the keyboard shortcut Option + Command + L to directly open the Downloads folder.
  4. Step 4: Your Downloads folder will now open, revealing all your downloaded files.
  5. Step 5: To open a file, simply double-click it.

Saving Downloads to a Specific Location

If you want your downloads to be saved in a particular location on your Mac, you can easily change the default download folder. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open Safari or any other web browser that you use for downloading files.
  2. Step 2: In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on “Safari” and select “Preferences”.
    • Note: If you’re using a different browser, look for the equivalent option in its settings menu.
  3. Step 3: In the Preferences window, click on the “General” tab.
  4. Step 4: Look for the “File download location” or similar option.
    • Note: The wording may vary depending on your browser.
  5. Step 5: Click on the dropdown menu next to this option and select your desired location for saving downloads.
    • Note: You can also click on “Other” to choose a custom location not listed in the dropdown menu. Simply navigate to your desired folder and click “Select”.
  6. Step 6: Close the Preferences window.

That’s it! You now know how to locate your downloads on your Mac using the Dock, Finder, and even how to change the default download folder. We hope this tutorial has been helpful!


In this tutorial, we’ve learned various methods for finding your downloads on a Mac. Whether you prefer using the Dock or Finder, you can easily access all your downloaded files in just a few simple steps.

Additionally, we’ve shown you how to change the default download folder to suit your preferences. Now you can stay organized and easily find all your important files on your Mac.

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