How to Change Default Downloads Folder in Browsers?
There are certain actions you can’t avoid while using internet. One such action is to download the files from websites for offline reference. The file download function works similar on the Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari and Internet Explorer. Though Chrome will open the PDF files on the browser, you can disable this to download the file. Generally the browser will download the files to ‘Downloads’ folder. But you can change this default download folder in browsers and set your own custom location. Also you can opt to choose different download location every time instead of single folder.
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Change Default Downloads Folder in Chrome
First Chrome, the popular browser. Go to ‘chrome://settings’ command URL in the address bar and click on the ‘Advanced’ option.
Navigate to ‘Downloads’ section and click on ‘Change’ button. Select the new folder and Chrome will download the files to the newly select folder henceforth.
If you want to manually choose the download location every time then switch on the option ‘Ask where to save each file before downloading’.
Related: Block popups in Chrome.
Change Default Downloads Folder in Firefox
Open Firefox and go to the URL about:preferences in address bar. You can also go to preferences by clicking on the gear icon or ‘Hamburger Menu > Preferences’ menu option. Scroll down under ‘General’ tab and go to ‘Files and Applications’ section.
Under ‘Downloads’ section, click on the ‘Choose’ button and change the default downloads folder location.
Enable ‘Always ask you where to save files’ option, if you want to choose the different download locations each time.
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Change Downloads Folder Location in Safari
On MacBook open Safari and press ‘Command + ,’ keys. Or go to ‘Safari > Preferences…’ to open preferences section. Under ‘General’ tab, click the drop-down against ‘File download location’ and choose ‘Other…’ option. Select the new download folder for you to download the files.
You can choose ‘Ask for each download’ to every time decide the download location.
Change Default Downloads Folder in Microsoft Edge
On Microsoft Edge click on the three dots button and choose ‘Settings’ option.
Then click on the ‘View advanced settings’ button under ‘Advanced settings’.
Click on the ‘Change’ button under ‘Downloads’ section to change the default downloads folder.
Switch on the ‘Ask me what to do with each download’ to choose the download location each time when downloading a file in Edge.
Change Default Downloads Folder in Internet Explorer
Windows 10 still has Internet Explorer 11 along with Edge. If you use Internet Explorer then click on the ‘Gear’ icon and choose ‘View downloads’. Or press ‘Control + J’ to open the downloads section.
On the view downloads section, click on ‘Options’ to open ‘Download Options’ popup.
Click on the ‘Browser’ button and choose different folder to change the default download location.