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    Hi all. I've been a mac user for about 2 years now, so I'm not really a new switcher, but I felt this is probably a basic question. That is why I posted it here. My downloads folder has a lot of stuff in it. Can I safely remove stuff from the folder without removing items from my computer, or will it remove from elsewhere on the computer simultaneously?
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    Aaron

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    Removing stuff from the folder WILL removing items from your computer..not sure why you would think that it wouldn't..
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    The Downloads folder is a real folder... the files in it are not shortcuts or aliases. If you want to keep files, you should move them to another location and trash the rest.

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    Yeah, I keep nothing in my downloads folder. I just drag them to where I need them or trash them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s&g'sdad View Post
    Can I safely remove stuff from the downloads folder without removing items from my computer? That is, will it remove from elsewhere on the computer simultaneously?
    Fixed that for you.
    Now; yes, and no.

    If you highlight one icon and hit delete, just that one item is deleted.

    Try not to ask compound questions. And don't pursue a career path as a trial attorney.

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