How to find downloads on your Mac computer in 3 ways

You can find downloads on a Mac computer in the dock, in Finder, or in a web browser.

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You can find downloads on a Mac computer in the dock, in Finder, or in a web browser.
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  • It’s easy to find downloads on your Mac computer in three different ways.
  • When you download a file on your Mac, you can find it in the downloads folder on the dock, or by navigating to that folder in Finder.
  • You can also find the download in a web browser, like Safari or Google Chrome, if you still have that browser open after you’ve downloaded a file.
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A download is pretty much useless if you can’t find it on your Mac.

But that won’t be a problem for you, because we’re about to discuss multiple quick and easy ways to locate files on your computer – both through web browsers and on the Mac’s hard drive itself.

With these steps in mind, you’ll be able to find any file you have downloaded, as long as you haven’t deleted it.

Here’s what you need to know.

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How find downloads on your Mac in the dock

Those icons at the bottom of your screen – the ones that give quick access to programs – comprise the dock, and in that dock is a quick link to your downloads. It’s usually at the bottom right.

Recent downloads are located in your dock towards the right.

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Recent downloads are located in your dock towards the right.
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Hover over it for a quick preview of the most recent downloads or single-click the dock download icon for access to all your downloaded files that have yet to be placed in another folder.

You can see your most recent downloads when you click on the dock icon.

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You can see your most recent downloads when you click on the dock icon.
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How to find downloads on your Mac using Finder

When the taskbar at the top of the screen says Finder (and it will when you are on your Mac’s home screen), click File, then click New Finder Window.

Select New Finder Window.

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Select New Finder Window.
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On the left side of the window that pops up, click Downloads.

You can organize downloaded files by date, type, or name.

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You can organize downloaded files by date, type, or name.
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How to find downloads on your Mac in a web browser

If the browser where you downloaded a file is still open, you can pull up the download right then and there.

In Google Chrome, click the three dots at the top right corner, then click Downloads.

Chrome will take you to a new page where all your recent downloads will display.

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Chrome will take you to a new page where all your recent downloads will display.
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With Safari, click the downward arrow at the top right corner of the screen to open a menu of recent downloads.

You can access your downloads in the top right in Safari.

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You can access your downloads in the top right in Safari.
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