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How to Specify Where Files Are Downloaded

By Dionell Cruz

updated 10 days ago

By default, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge download files to the Downloads folder located at %USERPROFILE%\Downloads. USERPROFILE is a variable that refers to the logged in user's profile directory on the Windows computer, e.g. the path may look like C:\Users\YourUserName\Downloads. However, you may change the download folder location in your favorite browser or change the location of the Downloads folder in Windows. 

Here's what is covered in this article:

How to change the location of the Downloads folder in Windows 10

To change the location of the Downloads folder in Windows:

  1. Right-click the Start button, then select File Explorer.


2. Right-click the Downloads location at the left pane, then select Properties.

3. Navigate to the Location tab, click the Move button, then select the folder where the files will be downloaded to and click Select Folder.

4. Click OK to apply changes. 

WARNING! Changing the location of the Downloads folder in Windows will affect all programs.

How to specify where files are downloaded in Google Chrome

In Chrome, you may change the download folder location or make Chrome ask you every time where you would like to download a file.

How to change the default download folder location

To select a different download folder location:

  1. Click the Chrome menu button (three horizontal bars) at the top right, then select Settings.

2. Click the Advanced link at the bottom of the Settings page

3. In the Downloads section, click the Change button, then select the folder where the files will be downloaded and click OK.  

You can now see the path to the selected folder below the Location

How to make Chrome ask you where to download a file every time

If you want Chrome ask you about the download folder location every time, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu button (three horizontal bars) at the top right, then select Settings.

2. Click the Advanced link at the bottom of the Settings page

3. In the Downloads section, turn on the Ask where to save each file before downloading toggle.

How to find the files previously downloaded in Chrome

Once the file is downloaded, you can see it at the bottom of the browser window. If you want to open the file you’ve previously downloaded, press Ctrl + J or type chrome://downloads in the Chrome address line. The Downloads list is displayed. 

The files are grouped by the date that they were downloaded. Click the file name to open it. You may also quickly navigate to the folder containing the file. Simply click the Show in folder link below the file name. 

How to specify where files are downloaded in Mozilla Firefox

In Firefox, you may change the download folder location or make Firefox ask you every time where to download a file.

How to change the default download folder location

To select a different download folder location:

  1. Click the Firefox menu button (three horizontal bars) at the top right, then select Options.

2. Under General > Downloads, click the Browse button, then select the folder where the files will be downloaded to and click Select Folder.  

3. You can now see the path to the selected folder in the Save files box. 

How to make Firefox ask you where to download a file every time 

If you want Firefox ask you about the download folder location every time, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Firefox menu button (three horizontal bars) at the top right, then select Options.

2. Under General > Downloads, select the Always ask you where to save files.

How to find the files downloaded in Firefox

Once you’ve clicked the Download button, Firefox asks what it should do with the file – open or download it. Please select Save to download the file. 

If you’ve chosen to use the default download location, the file will be saved in the selected folder. If you’ve chosen to select a download location each time, you will be able to select the desired folder.

You can reach all of the files downloaded during the current browser session by clicking the arrow icon at the top. You can also quickly browse to the folder containing the downloaded file. Simply click the folder icon next to the file name.

If you want to open the file you’ve downloaded earlier, press Ctrl + J. The Downloadstab of the Library pop-up list is displayed. The files are grouped by the date that they were downloaded. Click the file name to open it or click the folder icon to browse to the folder containing the file. 

How to specify where files are downloaded in Microsoft Edge

In Edge, you may change download folder location or make Edge ask you every time where to download a file.

How to change the default download folder location in Edge 

To select a different download folder location:

  1. Click the Edge menu button (three horizontal dots) at the top right, select Settings, and then click View Advanced Settings.

2. Under Downloads, click the Change button, then select the folder where the files will be downloaded and click Select Folder

You can now see the path to the selected folder below Save download files to

How to make Edge ask you where to download a file every time


If you want Edge ask you about the download folder location every time, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Edge menu button (three horizontal dots) at the top right, select Settings, and then click View Advanced Settings.

2. Under Downloads, turn on the Ask me what to do with each download toggle.

How to find the files downloaded in Edge

Once the file is downloaded, you can see the notification at the bottom of the browser window. You can open the file or the folder containing it. 


If you want to open the file you’ve downloaded earlier, press Ctrl + J or click Hubbutton (three horizontal bars) at the top right. The Downloads list is displayed.

The files are grouped by the date that they were downloaded. Click the file name to open it. You can also quickly open the Downloads folder. Simply click the Open folderlink above the file list. 

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