Downloads Icon with a ? mark!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DougY, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. DougY macrumors 6502

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    I just woke my iMac up from sleep, and the Downloads Icon on the Dock has a big (?) question mark on it, and it will not open. Any ideas what happened, and how to fix it?
     
  2. tomacintosh macrumors regular

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    Open Finder and browse to your 'Home' Folder

    Is the actual Downloads folder still in there?
     
  3. DougY thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Still in Finder

    The Downloads folder is still in Finder, and all the downloads are in there. But my Downloads Icon on the Dock still has a big question mark on it and wont open.
     
  4. tomacintosh macrumors regular

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    Easy enough to fix

    Just drag the dodgy folder out of the dock and let go of it (in a puff of smoke) somewhere on the desktop

    Then drag the original Downloads folder out of your Home folder and into the dock, it should make a new 'shortcut'
     
  5. DougY thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Success

    That did the trick, tnx very much! Do you have any idea why that happened in the first place?
     
  6. tomacintosh macrumors regular

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    Not really sure to be honest. Might have been a permissions problem, or it just lost the location of the original folder. Maybe it went to sleep and just forgot :D
     

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