How to Change the Chrome, Firefox or IE Default Downloads Folder

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Browsers on Windows 10 and other versions of Windows set your download location to the Downloads folder on your local drive. Here’s a look at how to change the location in Google Chrome, IE, and Firefox.

The default download location on most local drives on the main production box would be okay if you have a large 1 or 2 TB hard drive. However, if your main production PC has a 256 GB SSD then space is at a premium.

While SSDs are getting larger with more storage capacity, a 1 TB SSD is still relatively expensive. Using an external drive or network location can be very helpful. Here's how to change the default location for your downloads.

Change Downloads Folder in Chrome


Go to Settings > Advanced Settings > Download and browse to the new download location you want. Or you might want to have Chrome ask you every time where to save a file before downloading. If you download a lot of content, that could get pretty annoying, though.

Change Downloads Folder Firefox


Go to Options and under the General tab select the location you want to save to under the Downloads section. Here you can also have it ask you each time.

Change Downloads Folder IE


Open Internet Explorer and go to Tools (gear icon) > View Downloads.

Now click Options in the lower-left corner of the next windows and then browse to the location you want to be the default.

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