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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 '11 at 8:23
  • @Gerry: So it's a bug? – BoltClock Dec 13 '11 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 '11 at 12:21
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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 '11 at 15:44
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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 '14 at 11:44

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