How to Make Chrome Save Files to a Different Folder

Download files to your desktop or to any folder you choose

When you download files with the Google Chrome web browser, Chrome saves those files to a specific file folder. You can change this default download location to organize your downloads, free up space on your hard drive, or redirect downloaded files to an online storage service, such as Dropbox. It's also possible to set up Chrome to ask you for a download location each time you download a file.

Here's how to change the Chrome default download folder, find a downloaded file, be prompted for where to save files, and adjust multiple file download permissions.

The information in this article applies to Chrome downloads on a desktop Windows PC or Mac.

Chrome downloading downloading files

How to Change Chrome's Default Download Folder

To change the Chrome default download location:

  1. Open Chrome and select the menu icon (the three vertical dots), and then choose Settings.

    Settings in Chrome
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Advanced to see more settings.

    The Chrome settings with the Advanced heading highlighted
  3. Under Downloads, next to Location, select Change.

    The Google Chrome settings with the Change button under Downloads highlighted
  4. Navigate to the folder you want to use as the default download folder, then choose Select. Now, when you use Chrome to download a file, it is saved in the newly specified folder.

How to Find a File Downloaded From Chrome

To find where Chrome downloaded a file, open the searchable list of downloaded files. To access this list:

  1. Open Chrome and select the menu icon (the three vertical dots), then choose Downloads.

    The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+J (on Windows) or Option+Command+L (on a Mac).

    Downloads in the Chrome More menu
  2. A list of downloaded files and associated URLs display. To open a file, select the filename. It opens in your computer's default application for the file type.

  3. To delete a file, select the X next to the filename. It is removed from your list of downloaded files.

Have Chome Ask Where to Save a File

To bypass the default download folder and specify where to save files each time you download:

  1. Open Chrome and select the menu icon (the three vertical dots), and then choose Settings.

    Settings in Chrome
  2. At the bottom of the screen, select Advanced.

    The Chrome settings with the Advanced heading highlighted
  3. Scroll down to the Downloads section and turn on the Ask where to save each file before downloading toggle.

    The Chrome Download settings with the "Ask Where to Save" option highlighted
  4. Chrome now asks you for a download location each time you download a file.

How to Change Multiple File Download Permissions in Chrome

To adjust whether Chrome asks if you want to download multiple files from the same website:

  1. Open Chrome and select the menu icon (the three vertical dots), and then choose Settings.

    Settings in Chrome
  2. Select Privacy and security from the menu on the left.

    The Chrome settings with the Privacy and Security heading highlighted
  3. Select Site Settings under Privacy and Security.

    The Chrome settings with the Site Settings heading highlighted
  4. Scroll down to Permissions and select the down arrow next to Additional permissions.

    Additional Permissions in Chrome settings
  5. Select Automatic downloads.

    Automatic Downloads in Chrome Settings
  6. Turn on the Ask when a site tries to download files automatically after the first file toggle.

    The "Ask when a site tries to download" option in Chrome settings
  7. Chrome now asks permission before downloading multiple files from a single site.