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If Finder is open on a folder, e.g. ~/Downloads, when I download something it doesn't show up. I have to click on another folder, then open ~/Downloads again to see the download.

I am on macOS 10.13.6 but hadn't noticed this problem until recently.

How can I fix it?

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    When did you last reboot? – Tetsujin Aug 11 '18 at 10:02
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    I've noticed the same thing, but it predates High Sierra by quite a bit. I've wondered why there's not a "Refresh" button... sometimes the issue can be persistent; even surviving closing and re-opening Finder windows. But it's not consistent either... sometimes it happens, other times not. +1 question – Seamus Aug 11 '18 at 13:45
  • @Tetsujin yesterday – theonlygusti Aug 11 '18 at 14:14
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    Try killing the folder view settings: rm -f ~/Desktop/.DS_Store – sansSpoon Aug 13 '18 at 2:04
  • This is apparently a long-standing problem that has never been addressed. I suppose the answer is, "Deal with it". :) – Seamus Aug 14 '18 at 23:58

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