How to Change the Default Download Location in Windows 10

Put your Microsoft Edge downloads (almost) wherever you want

What to Know

  • Edge: Go to the Main menu and select Settings > Downloads. Under Location, select Change. Go to a destination and choose Select Folder.
  • Windows 10: Go to Settings > System > Storage > Change where new content is saved. Choose default locations for various file types.

This article explains how to change the Windows 10 default downloads folder directly from the Microsoft Edge browser. It also includes information on changing the download location for other types of files in the Windows 10 settings.

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

Microsoft Edge has an easy way of setting the download location.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

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

    Microsoft Edge Settings and More
  3. Select Settings in the drop-down menu.

    Microsoft Edge Settings in drop-down menu
  4. Under Downloads, select Change.

    Microsoft Edge Settings > General > Change
  5. Browse to the desired location and choose 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.

Change Default Location of Files in Windows

There are also additional settings in Windows 10 for changing the default locations for other files.

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

    Windows Start > Settings
  2. Select System.

    Windows Settings > System
  3. In the left panel, select Storage.

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

    Change where new content is saved
  5. Choose the default location of various files, including 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 and choose the appropriate drive.

    Choosing disks to which new content is saved
  • How do I move the Downloads folder to another drive in Windows 10?

    From File Explorer, right-click the Downloads folder and select Properties > Location, then type the desired location into the text field and select OK. Be aware that when you set the new location, you'll still need to designate the Downloads folder. So for example rather than something like "C:\YourName" you'll need to use "C:\YourName/Downloads" instead.

  • How do I make Chrome save files to a different location in Windows 10?

    You'll need to change Chrome's default download settings from within the browser. Or you can manually choose a download location for each separate download if you'd rather save them in different spots.

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