user download folder missing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mapost, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I do not have a download stack in my dock. Went to "users/home" to click and drag download folder to dock and don't have a download folder to do so. How do I create a new folder at this level?
     
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    wrldwzrd89

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    You should have write permissions for your home folder, so just create a folder and name it Downloads. Mac OS X takes care of the icon-related magic for you.
     
  3. macrumors 601

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    #3
    Are you sure the Downloads folder was in your User folder? The default location is the Root.
     
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    wrldwzrd89

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    Eh? That's not true at all... versions of Mac OS X prior to Leopard defaulted to downloading things to the desktop. Leopard and later have a dedicated Downloads folder in each user's home folder for this purpose.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    "New Folder" is grayed out in the finder menu when I am in the user/home window and I also tried the quick key command for new folder and no luck.
     
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    Darth.Titan

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    If you can't create a folder in your home directory, it sounds like you have permissions problems.
    Open Disk Utility and run a permissions repair on your system hard drive, then reboot.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ran permissions repair and still have grayed out "new folder"
     
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    Darth.Titan

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    If you do a "Get Info" on your home folder, what does it say about the permissions?
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That was the problem, I wasn't even listed as a user. Fixed that with read/write privileges and volia, I now have a download folder. Thanks!
     

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