How to Change the File Download Location in Chrome, Firefox, IE and Edge

Downloading files to your computer is a common occurrence for most PC users. When a download starts in the browser, the file is placed in a pre-defined location in the system. By default most of the browsers save all downloaded files in the Downloads Folder which is located at: C:\Users\<Your User name>\Downloads. Easily change this default download location using your web browser settings.

Following are details to change the default download location for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge.

Google Chrome:
  • Launch the Chrome browser and find the menu button with three dots in the upper right-hand corner.
  • After clicking, a drop-down menu will appear. Click on the option ‘Settings’.
  • Now scroll to the bottom of the screen and you will find an option ‘Show advanced settings’.
  • Click on the ‘Downloads’ section. It will display the location at which downloaded files currently get saved.
  • To change the default download location, click ‘CHANGE‘. All downloads will now go directly to the folder of your choice.
  • If you’d like to be prompted each time you download a file, simply click the slider for: ‘Ask where to save each file before downloading’.

Mozilla Firefox:
  • Launch the Firefox browser and in the top right-hand corner, there is a button with three horizontal lines.
  • Click on this button and you will find a button for ‘Options’.
  • After clicking on ‘Options’, the browser will open a new tab.
  • Find the ‘Downloads’ section on this page.
  • From this section, you can easily change the file download location.
  • An option to have Firefox ‘ask you where to save files’ each time you download a file is also available.

Internet Explorer:
  • Open the browser and in the top right-hand corner, there is an option ‘Tools’.
  • After clicking this, you’ll see a menu and you have to select ‘View Downloads’.
  • A new popup window will open. In the bottom left-hand corner of this window, click on ‘Options’.
  • Now another popup window will appear and you can change the location from here.

Microsoft Edge:
  • Launch the Microsoft Edge Browser and locate the menu button in the top right-hand corner.
  • Next select the last option ‘Settings’.
  • Scroll down to find ‘View Advance Settings’. Here, you have an option to change the download location.
  • Users also have the option to select the download location each time a download is initiated.

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