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Getting Downloads back on the Dock after accidentally trashing it?


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Hi,

I have had my macbook for two months and spent many an hour playing with it after years of tinkering with Windows. I have many questions and am still searching the forums for most of them, but...

Yesterday I accidentally moved ( dragged) my downloads icon to the Trash and when I tried to UNDO, it was greyed out and I could not do it.

I have seen a similar post and have followed its advice: I opened Finder and gragged the folder ( not on the left bar but the actual folder) to its original place. It spent a while " Copying downloads to desktop" and now the folder is on it, in a size 3-4 bigger than originally and I can move it freely around the desktop, so I assume it is not back on the dock.

Can anyone please help me with this?
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You should be able to just go into Finder, select the folder, and then drag it to the Dock. What it sounds like you did was actually copy it to the Desktop, which is just another copy of the folder now. If you select it and pull it to the Dock you should see the other icons 'get out of the way' so to speak when you have the mouse in the right place.
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Thanks, it seems that I did copy it to the desktop. Problem is I am trying what you suggested, select it with the tracpad, click and drag it down. Once I get to the dock, the different applications in it are higlighted when I go near them, or a green cross appears ( which should mean adding to that application which is not what I want), so this way does not seem to work on my macbook.

Back to square one.

Many thanks again.
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Well you can't put it on the left with your icons. It has to be to the right side of the screen where the trash can and such are. There should be a little divider on the dock that shows apps on the left, and folders + trash on the right. Just make sure you don't accidentally put it in the trash.
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It worked!!!!

many thanks and sorry for asking such a simple question
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Hello, I am a new user of the Macbook Pro (OS X Mountain Lion). For many years I owned a PC, and this year I decided to change to a MAC. I was very frustrated within the first two weeks of owning a MAC. I too put my download icon in the trash by accident. I googled how to get my icon back, and your forum came up.
Boy, am i ever happy I could get my download icon back on my dock, just by reading misfortunes of others.
I read it, tried it and it worked!!
Thank you very much!! Now I know where to go when I need some assistance. I'm sure there will be more mistakes.
The MAC computer is relatively easy to operate, I just have to get my head out of a PC way of thinking....hard to do right now.
I keep plugging away.
Anyways, thanks for helping MAC Forum.
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