How to Change the Default Download Location in Windows 10

Put your Microsoft Edge downloads (almost) wherever you want

What to Know

  • Edge: Select Main menu > Settings > Downloads. Under Location, select Change. Go to the preferred destination, choose Select Folder.
  • Windows 10: Go to Settings > System > Storage > Change where new content is saved. Choose the default locations for various filetypes.
  • It may take some time for files to move from an old path to a new path.

Many users enjoy the updated features of Microsoft Edge, but one feature missing from the original Internet Explorer is the ability to change the download location directly from the browser. In this guide, we show you how to do that on any Windows 10 device.

How to Change Default Download Location in Windows 10 for Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge has an easy way of setting the download location. There are also some additional settings in the Windows 10 settings to change where other files are kept.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

    The Microsoft Edge homepage.
  2. Select Settings and more (the 3 horizontal dots) in the upper-right corner or press Alt+X.

    Microsoft Edge Settings and More
  3. Select Settings.

    Microsoft Edge Settings in drop-down menu
  4. Select Downloads from the menu bar. Under the Location heading, select Change.

    Microsoft Edge Settings > General > Change
  5. Browse to your desired location, then select Select Folder.

    Microsoft Edge Select Folder

It's best to change the default download location when you set up a new Windows 10 computer, reset your computer, or have only a few files in your original Downloads folder. It may take some time for the files to move from the old path to the new path.

If you want to change the default location for various filetypes in Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings. Either go to the Start Menu and select Settings, or press Windows key+I.

    Windows Start > Settings
  2. Select System.

    Windows Settings > System
  3. On the left side, select Storage.

    Windows Settings > Storage
  4. Under More storage settings, select Change where new content is saved.

    Change where new content is saved
  5. In the Change where new content is saved window, choose the default location of various files such as new apps, new documents, new music, and others.

    Options for saving new content
  6. Select the drop-down arrow next to an item you want to change, then choose the appropriate drive.

    Choosing disks to which new content is saved
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