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The other day I wrote about how it might be time to shift away from Google Chrome if you're finding that it's getting slow and sluggish. There are plenty of good browsers out there if Chrome isn't floating your boat anymore.

But a few people got in touch to say that the problem with Chrome is the caching. Specifically, the way it caches JavaScript files that it comes across while you're browsing. I was a bit skeptical about this since I've been regularly clearing my browser's cache, so this shouldn't be an issue.

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However, I got talking to a few people and discovered something rather strange -- Chrome doesn't offer a simple way to delete these files.

This warranted investigation.

I dug around on both Windows and macOS and found the files in question. On Windows they live at C:Users<user-name>AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultCode CacheJs, while on macOS they're at ~/Library/Caches/Google/Chrome/Default/Cache/Js.

I had a look-see into that folder, and there's a lot of files in there. On my main workhorse MacBook Pro there was a whopping 124,000 files. These files dated back to mid last year and range from a few hundred bytes to a few hundred kilobytes. The entire folder is about 600MB in total.

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The first thing I needed to test was whether it was true that clearing the cache didn't delete these files.

To cut a long story short, I tried and it doesn't. They're very persistent. (UPDATE; apparently choosing to delete your entire browsing cache for the time range 'All time' does delete these files, but that feels somewhat drastic).

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Do these files slow down Chrome? Well, there was only one way to find out, and that was to delete them. And sure enough, Chrome felt a lot snappier after getting rid of them. Hard to put a figure on how much faster, but I felt a noticeable improvement.

Having convinced myself that wiping these made a difference, I wanted to find out if there was a way to delete these files that didn't involve digging through the file system.

For all you Windows users out there, I found a way, but it's kludgy. It involves installing CCleaner Pro (which is not free), and installing a free third-party add-on called CCEnhancer and then using this to delete the cache.

For Mac users out there, I'm sorry but I've not come across anything that will clean this cache. For you folks the only tool is Finder.

Are there any downsides to wiping the cache?

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I've not come across any negatives, but I urge caution. There may be unexpected issues. Also, whenever you go deleting files, there's a real danger that you delete the wrong thing and you end up in a world of hurt (doubly so if you don't have a backup).

So, there you have it. Google Chrome is caching files, and doesn't offer you an easy way to delete them. And it seems that wiping this cache does improve the performance of Chrome somewhat.

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By default, Google Chrome automatically saves all the downloads to a dedicated “downloads” folder. On Windows 10, this folder is located at “C:Users[USERNAME]Downloads.” While it may seem easier to navigate to this directory, there are times you may want to designate your downloads to a different location or folder.

For example, let’s say your hard drive is full and you want Chrome to save that large file to an external hard drive. Or maybe you have different location preferences for different types of downloads. In such cases, you’ll want to choose a different download location. The good news is you can easily tweak Chrome’s download settings to designate a different download folder. Better still, you can even configure Chrome to always ask for a download location before saving a file.

How to Change the Default Downloads Folder

To tweak your Chrome download settings, follow the steps below:

1. Open your Google Chrome browser.

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2. Click the three vertical dots (aka hamburger menu) located in the top-right corner of Chrome’s window.

3. Scroll down and click on “Settings” from the list of options.

3. This will expand the Settings menu. Now scroll all the way down until you reach the “Advanced” drop-down and click on it.

4. This will further expand the settings menu into different sections. Scroll down until you reach the “Downloads” section.

5. Click the “Change” button towards the right side to change the default download location and choose the download folder of your choice.

6. Click “OK.” That’s it! You’ve just designated a new download location.

As mentioned earlier, you can also enable Chrome to always ask where you want individual files to be saved – and that’s my preferred setup. The best part is that both of these settings are found in the same place, which makes it super easy to tweak them in the way you deem fit.

To do so, just toggle the “Ask where to save each file before downloading” button to “On,” and you’re good to go.

When this button is toggled to ON, Chrome will bypass all the other download settings and ask where to save files before downloading.

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How to Find Your Recent Downloads in Chrome

When you have multiple downloads each saved in different folders/locations, it’s easier to forget where some of your earlier or even recent downloads were saved. Fortunately, Chrome does provide an easy way to locate all your downloaded files. Here’s how to go about it:

1. Launch Google Chrome.

2. Press keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + J simultaneously, and Chrome will open a list of all your downloaded files in chronological order.

3. Click the “show in folder” option.

Now you’ll be able to see the download path, including the folder where the file was saved.

Tip: While still at the downloaded items list, you can click on the file name and drag the file to a new folder of your choice. This will automatically copy the file from the original folder to the one you’re dragging it to. Note that this action does not remove the file from the original location.

Wrapping Up

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While Google Chrome is undeniably one of the best browsers, there are certain tweaks you should know to get the best out of this robust browser. And knowing how to tweak Chrome download settings to your preferences is one of them.

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We hope this guide will help you get the best out of this fast and secure browser. Feel free to comment and share.

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