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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