Setting File Download

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Your Windows 10 computer saves your downloaded files in a certain folder on your hard drive. If you want, you can change this default download location on your Windows 10 PC to any other folder you like.

Microsoft Edge has an easy way of setting the download location. Open Microsoft Edge. Select Settings and more (the three horizontal dots) in the upper-right corner or press Alt + X. Select Settings in the drop-down menu. Under Downloads, select Change. Browse to the desired location and choose Select Folder.

There are many reasons you may want to change the default downloads folder on your computer. Maybe you want to keep your downloaded files on a certain partition? Or maybe you’re starting a new download task and you want all those files saved in a certain folder?

There are various ways to change the default download location in Windows 10.

Change Default Download Location Using File Explorer

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One way to change the default download location is to use the File Explorer utility.

  1. Use Cortana search to search for This PC and open it.
  1. Navigate to the drive where you want to make a default downloads folder.
  2. Once you’re in your chosen drive, right-click any blank space and choose New followed by Folder.
  1. Enter a name for your new downloads folder. This is where your future downloaded files will be available.
  1. Head to the root folder in This PC so you can see the Downloads folder.
  2. Right-click the Downloads folder and select Properties.
  1. On the following screen, click the tab that says Location.
  2. In the Location tab, you’ll see the current path to your downloads folder. To change this folder, click the button that says Move.

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  1. Your computer will let you select the new default downloads folder. Navigate to the drive where you created the new folder and select it.
  2. Click Apply followed by OK to use your newly selected folder as the default downloads location.
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  1. If you ever want to revert back to the old downloads folder, click the Restore Default button and it’ll reset your settings.

Change Default Download Location Using Registry Editor

Windows Registry Editor lets you tweak many settings on your machine. This includes changing the default downloads location on your Windows 10 PC. You only need to edit one value in the registry and your chosen folder will become the new default downloads location.

  1. Create a new folder that you want to use as the default downloads folder. This could be anywhere on your computer or even on your connected drives.
  2. Open your newly created folder with File Explorer.
  3. You need to copy the path to your new downloads folder. Click the address bar, highlight the full path, and press Ctrl + C on your keyboard to copy the path.
  1. Press the Windows + R keys at the same time to open the Run box.
  1. Type the following into the Run box and press Enter. This’ll open the Registry Editor.
  1. When the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following path.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerUser Shell Folders
  1. On the right-hand side pane, you’ll see several registry values that you can tweak. Find the entry that has %USERPROFILE%Downloads in its Data column and double-click it.
  1. Put your cursor in the Value data box, remove the existing content from the box, and press Ctrl + V to paste the path to your new downloads folder location. Then click OK to save changes.
  1. Reboot your computer.

Change Default Download Location For Various File Types

There’s a feature in Windows 10 that lets you choose different drives for saving different types of files. With this feature, you can change where your computer saves your apps, documents, music, and so on.

You don’t get to choose the specific folder, though. You can only choose the drive where your new content is to be saved.

  • Open the Start Menu, search for Settings, and open it.
  • Select the option that says System on the following screen.
  • Click Storage from the options available in the left sidebar.
  • You’ll see your storage information on the right-hand side pane. Scroll down and click the option that says Change where new content is saved.
  • On the following screen, you’ll see what content is saved where by default. To change the default downloads drive for a specific content type, click the dropdown menu next to the file type and choose your preferred drive.

You can change the default downloads location for the following items with this feature.

  • Apps
  • Documents
  • Music
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Movies
  • TV shows
  • Offline maps

Change Default Download Location In Microsoft Edge

You can change the default downloads location in Microsoft Edge on your computer so that your future downloads are saved in your selected folder.

Changing this setting only applies to this browser. Your other browsers will continue to save your files where they did before.

  1. Open the Start Menu, search for Microsoft Edge, and launch it.

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  1. Click the three-dots at the top-right corner of your browser and select the option that says Settings.

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  1. You’ll see several options in the left sidebar on your screen. Find the option that says Downloads and click it. This option will let you modify your downloads settings.
  1. On the right-hand side pane, you’ll see an item that says Location. This is currently where Edge saves your files. To change the default downloads folder, click the Change button.
  1. File Explorer will open, letting you select your new folder as the default downloads folder. Click the folder and choose Select Folder.
  2. If you want Microsoft Edge to ask where to save the file each time it downloads something, enable the toggle for Ask where to save each file before downloading.

If you use a download manager to download files, you need to head into the settings of your download manager app and change the default downloads location. Many apps don’t use the default Windows downloads folder as their downloads location.

Did you ever have to change the default downloads location on your Windows 10 PC? What method did you use to do that? We’d like to know in the comments below.

This article will describe how Firefox handles downloads for different types of files and how you can change that behavior.

  • For help with download problems, see What to do if you can't download or save files.
  • For help with embedded media on web pages, see Fix common audio and video issues.
  • For help changing the e-mail program that Firefox uses, see Change the program used to open email links.

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When you click a link to download a file, you may see a dialog asking whether you want to save the file or open it with a specific application, if Firefox cannot handle the file internally. The Media type, also called the MIME type or Content type, as configured by the web server, will determine what action Firefox will take.

Note: Firefox will not be able to properly handle a file download if a misconfigured web server sends it with an incorrect Content type. For example, Firefox may display the content as plain text instead of opening the file in an application or asking you what to do. (To learn more, see Properly configuring server MIME types at MDN web docs.) You can contact the website in such cases or you can try a Firefox add-on such as Content-Type Fixer to work around the problem. (If you decide to use an add-on and you need help with it, you should visit the add-on site or contact the add-on developer directly for support.)

When you tell Firefox to open or save the file and also check the option to 'Do this automatically for files like this from now on' (see below), a new Content Type and Action entry for that type of file will appear in the Applications section of the General panel in Firefox OptionsPreferencesSettings.

You can change what action Firefox takes for defined content types. This will not affect media embedded in a web page - only links to the files themselves.

  1. In the Menu bar at the top of the screen, click Firefox and select Preferences.Click the menu button and select OptionsPreferences.Click the menu button and select Settings.

  2. In the General panel, go to the Applications section.
  3. Select the entry for the file type you want to change.
    Multiple entries for the same file format or extension? Some file types can include more than one Internet Media type.
  4. The Action column will give you a drop-down menu, with options on action to take, whenever you click that type of file.
    • Open in Firefox: Select this if you want Firefox to display the content. It only applies to a limited number of file types that Firefox is able to decode, such as Portable Document Format (PDF).
    • Always ask: This will prompt you to select what action you want Firefox to take when you click on that type of file. This can be useful if Firefox is automatically saving a file type or is always opening it with a certain program and you want to be asked what to do.
    • Save File: This will always save the file to your computer using the Downloads window, whenever you click that type of file.
    • Use ... : Open the file with an application of your choosing.
  5. Close the about:preferences page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.

When you click on a link and Firefox doesn't have a content type and download action set up for that type of file, Firefox will ask you how to handle the file:

  • Open with: Saves the file to a temporary folder and opens it in the operating system's default application for that file type. (You can also use the drop-down menu to choose another application.)
    • If no default application is shown, you can click the button to choose an application installed on your computer to open the file.
Warning: Do not choose Firefox as a helper application to always open the file type, as this can cause a problem where Firefox repeatedly opens empty tabs or windows after you click on a link.
  • Save File: Saves the file to the download folder (specified in your Firefox OptionsPreferencesSettingsPreferences in the General panel under Downloads).
  • Do this automatically for files like this from now on: Check mark this setting to always take the selected action and then click . This will add a new entry to the Content Type list of download actions.
Is Do this automatically for files like this from now on disabled? This can happen if the website's server incorrectly specifies the Internet Media type of the file. It also can happen if the server assigns 'Content-Disposition: attachment' to the file.

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If you are having problems with how Firefox is handling file downloads that you can't resolve, or if you just want to start fresh, you can restore the default content types and actions by manually deleting the file that stores these settings.

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This will remove all customized content type actions. You will have to make those changes over again after you take the following steps.

Change Setting For File Download

  1. Open your profile folder:

    • Click the menu button , click Help and select Troubleshooting InformationMore Troubleshooting Information.From the Help menu, select Troubleshooting InformationMore Troubleshooting Information. The Troubleshooting Information tab will open.
    • Under the Application Basics section next to Profile FolderDirectory, click . A window will open that contains your profile folder.Your profile folder will open.
    Note: If you are unable to open or use Firefox, follow the instructions in Finding your profile without opening Firefox.
  2. Close Firefox. Click the Firefox menu and select Exit.Click the Firefox menu at the top of the screen and select Quit Firefox.Click the Firefox menu and select Quit.
  3. Delete (or rename) the handlers.json file.
  4. Restart Firefox.