Downloads Toolbar Icon vanished from Safari

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by Junosbetterhalf, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. Junosbetterhalf macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2014
    So a strange thing happened. I noticed the downloads icon had disappeared from my toolbar, thinking it was just a forgotten error I went to put it back and..


    It's probably something real simple I'm missing, any thoughts?

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  2. DiabBarca macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2013
    Omdurman - Sudan
    It appears only when you initiate a download order. try to download any thing and ... you'll see.
  3. Junosbetterhalf thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2014
    Are you serious.

    It's been a long day for me but I didn't think it had got that bad.
  4. lagwagon Suspended


    Oct 12, 2014
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    The downloads button appears just fine on my Safari. It's a downwards arrow in the top right corner.
  5. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Put it another way, it only disappears when your downloads folder is empty....
  6. timshundo macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    Why would you need it when it's empty?
  7. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Just make sure that you change the setting “Remove download list items” (Settings → General) to anything other than “Upon successful download”. The button will persist for as long as there are previous entries in the download list. Once you clear it, the button disappears.

    It doesn’t seem to be possible to keep it permanently though. Even when set to “Manually”, the list will be cleared once Safari quits (a bug maybe?).
  8. Junosbetterhalf thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2014
    Appreciate the thoughts, and from others. I wasn't aware it vanished when the folder was empty, I've always had it set to 'manual' to keep track of previous downloads.

    Has it always had this 'feature'? I hadn't noticed before it became a chore to get the address bar centred in this new version.
  9. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I think before Safari 8, you could add the downloads icon as a permanent toolbar icon. But you could also choose to remove it and let it show up only if needed, basically the current behaviour in Safari 8. I guess Apple thought it was time to remove it for whatever reason.

    That the address bar is not always entered is really annoying me too. I hope that this is just a bug on their end. You can try to align it with flexible spaces on both sides.

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  10. pastimage macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2010
    This is the one thing that helped me quickly. The DL folder isnt empty but the list of DL's that go to the folder is set to clear regularly. I changed to manual and all is better now. Thanks!
  11. adrian99godinez macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2017
    I have the same problem but isn't popping up.
  12. Shiroma macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2017

    I had the same problem and, even after following some tips, the problem persisted.

    FIXING this bug requires 4 basic steps.

    I hope the tips below can help:

    1) If it is an option in your View->"Customize Toolbar" buttons, drag it to your toolbar (otherwise it is kept there, in toolbar, by default - since item 2 is okay)
    2) Make sure Safari->Preferences->General->"Remove download list items" is set as "Manually".
    3) Downloading ANYTHING to keep something in 'download list'.
    4) Make sure (at least in the 'very first time') you are NOT in "private window".

    Even though I followed steps 1 through 3, my solution came after downloading a file in public window.

    Afterwards, download button was visible again even to my private windows.

    Good luck you there. I hope it helps you too.

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