Where Did My Downloads Go? Mac Edition

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One of the most common issues SVGCuts users encounter is not knowing where to find their files after they download them! It sounds like a very silly problem, but its real and from a support standpoint, its one of the most common issues we deal with on a daily basis.

Mac Browsers

To get the most out of the information below, be sure you are running the following version (or later) of each browser:

By default, Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox will put anything you download into your account's Downloads folder. (/Users/YourAccountName/Downloads).

Locating The Downloads Folder

Method 1: In recent versions of Mac OSX, the downloads folder can be accessed from the Dock.

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Method 2: From the Finder, click Go from the menu bar and select Downloads. If you don't see a Downloads option under the Go menu, click Home. The downloads folder should also be visible in your Home folder.

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The Wrong Way To Organize SVG Files

You can leave your files in the Downloads folder, but it's just going to keep growing and growing and getting filled with EVERYTHING you download which will make it difficult for you to find what you're looking. We recommend that you create a new folder (you can call it anything you'd like, Example: Jan's SVG Collection) specifically for your SVG files and put all of your SVG downloads into your dedicated SVG folder.

The Right Way To Organize SVG Files

The optimal way to keep your SVGCuts files organized is to create a new folder and save all of your downloads to this newly created folder!

1. From the Finder (this is another term for your desktop, it should say Finder next to the Apple icon on the top left side of your screen. If you don't see Finder, close all of your programs!), click Home. Doing this will bring up your Users folder.

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2. Right-click in a blank area of your user folder and select New Folder

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3. Give your new folder a name. It can be anything you want! Just make it memorable so you know where to find your SVG files!

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4. That's it! Now you have a dedicated folder for your SVG files!

Changing Browser Download Settings

The next step in making your workflow more efficient is telling your browser to give you the option to specify where you want to save your files instead of putting EVERYTHING into your downloads folder.

Google Chrome

1. With Google Chrome open, click Chrome and select Preferences...

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2. Click Show advanced settings...

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3. In the Downloads section, check the box labeled Ask where to save each file before downloading

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4. That's it! Now when you download a file using Google Chrome, you'll be given the option to specify where you want to save it! Remember that new folder we created? That's where you'll put it! :)

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Firefox

1. With Firefox open, click Firefox and select Preferences...

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2. Click Always ask me where to save files

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3. That's it! Now when you download a file using Firefox, be sure that you select Save File and not Open With, you'll be given the option to specify where you want to save it! Remember that new folder we created? That's where you'll put it! :)

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Safari

Safari does not give users the ability to specify where to download files with each download instance. You can continue using Safari and manually move the files from your Downloads folder into your SVG folder if you'd like, but we highly recommend Google Chrome to speed up your workflow!

Unzipping SVGCuts Files

MacOS X has the native ability to extract/unzip ZIP files, so don't waste money on third party ZIP programs! You don't need them! Zipped files look like documents with little zippers on them, contain the extension .zip and also say ZIP right on the icon!

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1. Unzipping a file in MacOSX is simple, just double-click on the ZIP file! You know your file is unzipped when you have what looks like a folder with the full product name displayed below the icon.

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5 Responses to “Where Did My Downloads Go? Mac Edition”

  1. Jan June 1, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Leo! I appreciate your time and efforts to put this together! I’m still learning how to use my MAC more efficiently — newbie here, relatively speaking.

  2. Pat June 12, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    Thank you so much for taking the time to explain how to do this. It is much appreciated!

  3. Kimberly June 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Nice job! Not many people seem to be able to communicate as well as you in the IT world :) Thanks for keeping it simple. And pictures, I like pictures!

  4. Debbie September 27, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing this, I am new mac owner and you made it so easy to follow. Thanks again :)

  5. Norma October 17, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    this information is valuable. You are great at putting instruction in such a way that makes them easy to follow. Great job and thank you.