Where do my downloads go?

You use software called a web browser to view content on the Internet. There are many types of web browsers. Windows bundles Internet Explorer with their operating system. Apple’s OS X is no exception. Apple bundles the Safari web browser.

Safari let’s you view content on the Internet. From time to time, you may wish to download and install new software. This brief video shows you how you do this.

When you download software it is saved in a Downloads folder by default. Downloads is found in your home directory and it is also placed in the Dock as a stack. After a files finishes, click the stack to reveal the software you just downloaded.

There is a great companion post over at OSX Help which discusses what to do once the file is downloaded into your system.


  1. […] an earlier installment, we showed you how to download a program using the Safari web browser. In this episode, we show you how to install it into the applications […]

  2. Michael Power on August 23, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Using a Mac OS X v10.6.4

    A bit of a downloading problem. Two downloading events engendered the response of, “There is no default application specified to open the document.” One document was “VSQL.vmod” for the ability to play by e-mail a former World War II boardgame found at http://www.vassalengine.org/. The other was a verbal example listed in Wikipedia on the pronunciation of a name listed as “Maurits_Cornelis_Escher.ogg” Being new to the game of computing, I assumed the first event was “me Mac vs. the world of PCs. But after the same alert from the second event I became concerned.

    Researching the problem on Google led me to “OS X Help” and its article “Understanding File Downloads and Their Remnants.” It covered extensions .dmg, .sit, .sitx, and .zip. It appears to my untutored knowledge that I have encountered a dead end since the extensions .vmod and .ogg were not addressed. Thanks for your consideration.

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