How to Specify Where Files Are Downloaded

By default, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge download files into 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. For example, the path might look like C:\Users\YourUserName\Downloads. However, you can change the download folder's 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 on the Start button, then select File Explorer.

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

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

4. Press 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 can change the download folder's 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 on the Chrome menu button (three horizontal bars) at the top right, then select Settings.

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

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

You will 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 to ask you about the download folder location every time, follow these steps:

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

2. Click on 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 files previously downloaded in Chrome

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

Files are grouped by download date. Click on the file's name to open it. You can also quickly navigate to the folder containing the file by clicking on the Show in folder link below the file's name. 

How to specify where files are downloaded in Mozilla Firefox

In Firefox, you can change the download folder's 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 on the Firefox menu button (three horizontal bars) at the top right, then select Options.

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

3. You will 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 to ask you about the download folder's location every time, follow these steps:

  1. Click on 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 downloaded files in Firefox

Once you’ve clicked on the Download button, Firefox will ask what it should do with the file – open or download it. 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 each time.

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

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

How to specify where files are downloaded in Microsoft Edge

In Edge, you can change the download folder's 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 on the Change button, then select the folder into which the files will be downloaded and click on Select Folder

You will 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 to ask you about the download folder's location every time, follow these steps:

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

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

How to find downloaded files in Edge

Once the file is downloaded, you will 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 a file that you have downloaded earlier, press Ctrl + J or click on the Hub button (three horizontal bars) at the top right. The Downloads list will be displayed.

The files are grouped by download date. Click on the file's name to open it. You can also quickly open the  Downloads folder. Simply click on the Open folder link above the file list.