How Do I Specify Where to Download Files?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ScarletRed, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. ScarletRed macrumors regular

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    Earlier I downloaded an updated driver for a trackball, but my laptop never asked me where or which directory to download the files. How would I make the OS X ask me the destination folder? For instance, if I were to install Civilizations IV, I'd want to do so into the Games directory. But without any kind of control over destination directory, how would I know where these files are being stored?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    What app are you using to download these files? If it's Safari, you can change the download location in the Preferences (Safari menu). :)
     
  3. ScarletRed thread starter macrumors regular

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    How about installations from a CD or a DVD? Right now, I have so many files in Applications folder, it's an unsightly mess! Would it be alright if I sort/categorize these apps into appropriate sub-folders? If I did go ahead and relocate these files, would there be any negative consequences? For instance, let's say I move Microsoft Office into Microsoft folder. Next time I click on Microsoft Office icon in the dock, will it run properly without complications?
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    That would work fine, however, I wouldn't suggest that you move any Applebranded applications. They really need to stay in their default locations for the purposes of updateability.
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Also, it's probably safer to keep all apps that need an installer in the Applications folder or wherever their default location is. Apps that can be dragged from DMGs or CD/DVDs to be installed should be able to be placed anywhere though. :)
     

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