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FYI : Mac Mini 2011 - osx 10.7
This is a HMB4IHM question.
I've accumulated a lot of files in my Downloads folder.
Is it okay to delete files from that folder?
Are there some that can be and some that shouldn't?
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You can delete anything you want from the Downloads folder--as long as you don't need it again.
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You can delete anything you want from the Downloads folder--as long as you don't need it again.
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Yes use Select All and Delete.

Once upon a time used to burn downloads to DVD to save, but the speed upgrades are released not worth it today. And of course then was using a 56kbps dial up!

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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Yes use Select All and Delete.

Once upon a time used to burn downloads to DVD to save, but the speed upgrades are released not worth it today. And of course then was using a 56kbps dial up!
Weren't those the days! Thanks.

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Yep that's why the story started 'once upon a time' lol!

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I move the contents of my Downloads folder to my external hard drive.
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You can also set it to delete after downloads complete.

Mine downloads to desktop, and then clears out after...
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You can also set it to delete after downloads complete.

Mine downloads to desktop, and then clears out after...
Aah! Where are the settings to do that?
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Look around in Safari or in System Preferences, I forget exactly where though
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Look around in Safari or in System Preferences, I forget exactly where though
Safari->Preferences->General->'Save Download Files To' and
Safari->Preferences->General->'Remove Download List Items..'
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