Is it normal when I download a widget, application the file drops on desktop

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by slumpey326, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. slumpey326 macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    I am new to a mac and have the download setting set up to drop on desktop when I download something.

    My question is that I downloaded some widgets today for the desktop like "The Weather Channel" one. When it finished downloaded, it appeared on the desktop as two files a zip file and another file. I then had to click on it to run it but in the end I had to move the zip file to the trash after I was done installing it. Is that normal. Should there be two files each time. Do I need to turn on/off a setting.

    Also happened when I clicked on a video to watch, I was streaming it but when I flashed to my desktop it downloaded it also. Is this normal.
  2. robotmonkey macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2010
    It's never happened to me... but then again I never have things go to my desktop. Just download things to you download folder, conveniently located on your dock.
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    Safari > Preferences > General


    With this checked, .dmg files get mounted and .zip files get extracted, thus two files or one file and one folder if you downloaded a .zip file.

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    Btw, the Dock is not the actual place where files get stored, it's just a shortcut to open and often used applications and folders.

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  4. slumpey326 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    thanks to you both for the quick response back, I changed the option to remove after successful download

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