Downloads Dock Folder

How To: Empty Your Downloads Folder On A Mac

Ever wonder where all those take out pdf menus and forwarded photos from Aunt Martha live on your computer after you open them? All of these files are kept in your Downloads, taking up precious space on your hard drive. To speed up your Mac and keep things squeaky clean, let’s take a look at that folder and learn how to empty it.

Downloads Dock FolderMost often, your Downloads folder is in your dock near your Trash Can. A simple way to empty this folder and visually understand all your steps is this:

  1. Click on your Downloads folder in your dock, allowing a number of the downloads to appear.
  2. Click on the curved arrow labeled ‘Open in Finder’. This will open all of your downloads that are currently saved on your hard drive in a window titled ‘Downloads’.
  3. You have 2 options here. One, you can select all of your downloads by pressing Command + A. Or two, you can choose to select your downloads one at a time.
  4. Once you have the download(s) highlighted that you wish to delete, simply drag them to your trash can!

Don’t forget to empty your trash can!

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