How to Change the Default Download Location in Windows 10

Put your Microsoft Edge downloads (almost) wherever you want

Windows 10 laptop

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Many users enjoy the updated features of Microsoft Edge, but one feature sorely missed from the original Internet Explorer is the ability to change the download location directly from the browser.

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

It's best to change the default download location when you've just set up a new Windows 10 computer, recently 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 (3 horizontal dots) in the top right corner or press Alt + X.

    The Microsoft Edge browser.
  3. Select Settings.

    Selecting the Settings menu in Edge.
  4. Under General, scroll down to Downloads and select Change under Choose where to save.

    Viewing General settings in Microsoft Edge.
  5. Browse to your desired location and select Select Folder.

    Selecting a destination folder in Microsoft Edge.

If you want to change the default location(s) for various filetypes in Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Open Settings by either going to the Start Menu and selecting Settings or press Windows key + I.

    Selecting Settings in Windows 10.
  2. Select System.

    Selecting System settings in Windows 10.
  3. On the left side, select Storage.

    Selecting Storage settings in Windows 10.
  4. Under More storage settings, select Change where new content is saved.

    Selecting where to change new content in Windows 10.
  5. In the Change where new content is saved window, you can choose the default location of various files such as new apps, new documents, new music, etc.

    Viewing specific settings under the change where new content is saved window in Windows 10.
  6. Select the dropdown next to which item you want to change and select the appropriate drive.

    Selecting a new location to save files to in Windows 10.