Every now and then when browsing the internet or opening an email, you tend to download many items on your Mac. All these items automatically save onto your Downloads folder. This applies to any and all downloads made on your Mac, with programs, such as Safari, Chrome, through AirDrop, Mail, and anything else of the like. Remember many months ago that photo from your family vacation that you downloaded from an email, but now can’t find? Yes, that’s right, even if you deleted the email, that image is still present in your Downloads folder.

There are many different ways to access your Downloads folder. Luckily, the methods are all very simple to carry out, and take little to no time. In order to get started, and learn how to access your Downloads folder on your Mac, follow the instructions below.

Access the Downloads Folder from the Dock on Your Mac

By default, your Downloads folder resides on the Dock on your Mac. The Dock is the small panel, along the edge of your screen, that allows you to quickly access a few applications and folders. In order to access your Downloads folder from the Dock, follow the instructions below.

1. Ensure the Dock is opened.

downloads folder

2. You’ll notice that when you move your cursor on top of an application in the Dock, the applications name will appear. Move your cursor over the items on the right, near the Trash. Your Downloads folder will most likely be here.

3. Click on Downloads.

That’s all you had to do. Now you can see all of your downloaded items. If you find that your Downloads folder isn’t on your Dock, you may have accidentally removed it. If that’s the case, you should follow this tutorial, in order to add your Downloads folder back to the Dock.

Access the Downloads Folder Using Finder on Your Mac

Finder, true to its name, can usually be used to find anything on your Mac, and the same applies to this situation. In order to access your Downloads folder, using Finder, follow the instructions below.

1. Launch Finder.

2. Click on Go in the top menu bar.

Click on Downloads

3. Click on Downloads.

You’ve now accessed your Downloads folder using Finder. There’s another way to do this, by using the panel on the left of the Finder window. In order to get started, follow the instructions below.

4. Launch Finder.

Click on Downloads

5. The Finder window will appear. On the left pane of the window, you’ll notice folders, and locations you can click on, in order to navigate to that location. Please locate where it says Downloads.

6. Click on Downloads.

You’ve now accessed your Downloads folder, using Finder. No matter which method you use, you’ll be able to access all the contents of the folder. If you’re a fan of keystrokes, there’s actually a third way to access your Downloads folder. After opening Finder, all you have to do is press command + option + L, in order to navigate to your Downloads folder. Feel free to use whichever method is most convenient for you.