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I lost my Downloads folder, also iCal


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I accidentally dragged my Downloads folder from my sidebar/dock and it disappeared. This is what happened to my iCal, also. I'm a first time mac user btw. How do I put these items back into my sidebar/dock where I can see them (for keeps) every time I turn the computer on?
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Did you drag them from the DOCK or from your Finder menu? It makes a difference on how to get them back. You said "sidebar/dock". Is it because your DOCK is on the side of your screen and not on the bottom?

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Just drag them from your Applications folder to either the sidebar or dock.

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Just remember, when dragging items to the Dock, applications go on the left, folders on the right. If you attempt to violate that protocol, the Dock will refuse to accept the icon. There's a dashed white line, sort of like a lane marker on the street, that divides right from left. I have far more items to the left side. Open windows of applications, whether their icons on in the Dock or not, will appear on the right side, so if I've got lots of things open, the numbers start to balance out.
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I dragged them from the dock. Thanks, now I got iCal back in the dock, left/upper side. But where is my Downloads folder? While looking for it I accidentally added a second Safari icon to the dock! How do I get rid of it - I tried dragging it off the dock but it still stays in the dock.

Yes, I moved my dock to the left side of my screen - it was in the way when I was working on my Comic Life Deluxe documents.

EDIT - I found my Downloads folder - it was in Finder (that blue smilely face icon on my dock), and I dragged it to the right/lower side of my dock.

EDIT 2 - I created a special folder called "downloads" on my mac's desktop, opened my downloads folder, and tried to drag stuff into my downloads folder, but this didn't work - the file wouldn't move from my downloads folder. How do I drag them to my special folder?
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To remove: control-click and select Remove from Dock
But, it should disappear when you drag it off the Dock.
You should also be able to move things out of your Downloads folder.

I'd say your com.apple.finder.plist file and/or your com.apple.dock.plist file is messed up. At least, it's worth a try to replace them. Do this, one at a time:

Drag the file to your Desktop, then Restart. That will create a new file, and it should be "clean" - set to defaults.

You'll find the files in your Home folder > Library > Preferences
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I'd say your com.apple.finder.plist file and/or your com.apple.dock.plist file is messed up. At least, it's worth a try to replace them. Do this, one at a time:

Drag the file to your Desktop, then Restart. That will create a new file, and it should be "clean" - set to defaults.

You'll find the files in your Home folder > Library > Preferences
Ok - I did this, and now my dock is back at the bottom of the screen. I don't want it to get in the way when I'm working on my Comic Life Deluxe documents - help?

Now I don't have, or I can't find my downloads folder on the dock - it's not there - help?
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(bump) won't someone please help me?
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Ok... put those files back.... restart, now...
Open finder window, go to HD/Applications.... and drag it to the right side of the dock, just on the left of the trash.
Next, if your iCal is gone, drag that from the applications in the finder window to the left side of the dock, and any other application you want in the dock.
After that, go to dock preferences which you will get to by clicking the apple, Dock>Dock preferences.
You should be set to go!
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Ok - I did this, and now my dock is back at the bottom of the screen. I don't want it to get in the way when I'm working on my Comic Life Deluxe documents - help?

Now I don't have, or I can't find my downloads folder on the dock - it's not there - help?
Yes, that first change was to be expected. It reset everything to defaults. The Dock comes loaded at the bottom. You changed it. If you like everything else, just change it again in System Preferences > Dock

I would have expected a Downloads folder to be in the default settings. But, to put one there, just navigate to it in your Home folder and drag the Downloads icon to the bottom part of your Dock (which is now on the side after you checked that again).

By the way, where are you located? If you're on the other side of the world from the U.S., most of the members here are sleeping when you're posting.
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Can't you just make an Alias of the ~/Downloads folder on your Desktop? Control+click and then click "create alias" and drage the alias to your desktop.


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