How to Change the Default Download Location in Windows 10

Put your Microsoft Edge downloads (almost) wherever you want

Many users enjoy the updated features of Microsoft Edge. Still, one feature sorely missed from the original Internet Explorer is the ability to change the download location directly from the browser. Read on to learn how to set a new download location.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10.

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.

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.

  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.

    A screenshot of Microsoft Edge with the More Options menu highlighted
  3. Select Settings.

    A screenshot of Microsoft Edge with the Settings option highlighted
  4. Select Downloads from the menu bar. Under the Location heading, select Change.

    A screenshot of Microsoft Edge's settings with the "Change save location" button highlighted
  5. Browse to your desired location, then select Select Folder.

    A screenshot of Microsoft Edge with the Select Folder button highlighted

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.

    The Windows 10 Start menu with Settings highlighted
  2. Select System.

    A screenshot of Windows 10 Settings with System highlighted
  3. On the left side, select Storage.

    Screenshot of Windows 10 System settings with the Storage heading highlighted
  4. Under More storage settings, select Change where new content is saved.

    A screenshot of Windows 10 Storage Settings with the "Change where new content is saved" option highlighted
  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.

    A screenshot of the "Change where new content is saved" screen in Windows 10 with the options highlighted
  6. Select the drop-down arrow next to an item you want to change, then choose the appropriate drive.

    A screenshot of the "Change where new content is saved" screen in Windows 10 with a pulldown menu highlighted