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I may have too many dang random files in my download folder because every time I try to get into it my explorer crashes after loading for a bit and I have to reboot my whole pc. I just wondered if there was a way to clear what was in the folder WITHOUT having to delete the whole folder itself. The main reason I don't want to delete the whole folder is because I don't know if that would cause some sort of error in Ubuntu so I figured I'd see if I could clear it first. Also I used ClamTk to check for viruses in that folder and found none.

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Did you tried the command line? – Basharat Sialvi May 26 '13 at 2:33
Which command do I use? I honestly want to just clear everything in that folder and although I'm better at Linux than I was, I'm still nowhere near savvy enough to know what to do now. – user161855 May 26 '13 at 2:42
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Deleting the Downloads directory shouldn't cause any errors.

Use the following commands to remove and recreate it:

rm -r /home/username/Downloads
mkdir /home/username/Downloads

Replace username as applicable, or you may use the shortcut ~ (tilde key, at the top left of your keyboard) to replace /home/username, like so:

rm -r ~/Downloads
mkdir ~/Downloads

The Ubuntu Community Help Wiki has a good overview of the terminal commands, if you're curious to learn more about them.

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OKAY THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'm gonna use search to move out the files I need and then just delete everything else! You were so much help just now! – user161855 May 26 '13 at 2:49
youre welcome. and continue to enjoy using ubuntu – Aswn May 26 '13 at 2:54
I already do, been using it for almost a year now and it's become my fave after switching from Excalibur reaction face Vista..... – user161855 May 26 '13 at 2:55

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