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    Cleaning out Downloads
    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?
    Thanks
    Tim
    (legend : HMB4IHM = Help me before I hurt myself)
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    1996. Linux user since 2000. 2011 mac mini, 8 Gb RAM.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaygray View Post
    You can delete anything you want from the Downloads folder--as long as you don't need it again.
    Thank you.
    Software developer since 1987, web programmer since
    1996. Linux user since 2000. 2011 mac mini, 8 Gb RAM.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    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!
    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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    Which one?
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by microsnook View Post
    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?
    thanks and Happy Holidays.
    tj
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    Look around in Safari or in System Preferences, I forget exactly where though

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    Quote Originally Posted by microsnook View Post
    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..'
    thanks very much
    Software developer since 1987, web programmer since
    1996. Linux user since 2000. 2011 mac mini, 8 Gb RAM.

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