In Safari 5.1 on my Mac, the Downloads button appears on the toolbar at the right of the search bar when you download a file for the first time:

I want to move that button elsewhere on the toolbar, so I open View > Customize Toolbar... and drag it to where I want it. The other toolbar controls move to make way for the new spot, but when I drop it, nothing changes; the Downloads button returns to its original position.

Interestingly, I don't have this problem on Safari 5.1 on Windows; I can move the button anywhere I want. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with these observations:

  • The list of downloads appears as a window on Windows, but as a popover on OS X.
  • The Downloads button appears by itself in the Customize Toolbar window on Windows, but not on OS X, where it only appears in the default toolbar set instead.

How can I reposition the Downloads button in Safari on OS X?

  • Until they fix it, you can't.
    – Gerry
    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:23
  • @Gerry: So it's a bug?
    – BoltClock
    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:25
  • I'd say so, but it's not officially confirmed afaik. Always the remote possibility it is a 'feature'.
    – Gerry
    Dec 13, 2011 at 12:21

2 Answers 2


Drag the other controls around it; as long as you don’t grab the Downloads button itself this will work.

  • Yep, it works. Makes it seem even more of a bug that I can't drag the button itself.
    – BoltClock
    Dec 13, 2011 at 15:44

I managed it—look at the picture above! Right-click → Customise Toolbar and move the URL bar out, then move it back in on the right.

  • Please explain how you did that.
    – Daniel
    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:44
  • I can confirm that this still works in Safari 12.1.2 - trying to move the downloads button was driving me mad, but by moving the URL field to the right of the downloads button instead of trying to move the downloads button to the left worked perfectly.
    – Trisha
    Oct 29, 2020 at 16:36

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