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

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

The information here deals with Chrome downloads on a desktop Windows PC or Mac.

Illustration of Chrome downloading downloading files

How to Change Chrome's Default Download Folder

To change Chrome's default download location:

  1. Open Chrome and select the menu icon (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.

    Advanced in Chrome Settings
  3. Under Downloads, next to Location, select Change.

    Change button in Chrome
  4. Navigate to the folder you want to use as the default download folder, then choose Select. Now, anytime you use Chrome to download a file, it will be 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 (three vertical dots), then choose Downloads.

    Downloads option in Chrome

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

  2. You'll see a list of downloaded files and their URLs. To open a file, select the filename. It will open in your computer's default application for the file type.

    List of files downloaded in Chrome
  3. To delete a file, select the X next to the filename. It will be 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 (three vertical dots), and then choose Settings.

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

    Advanced in Chrome Settings
  3. Scroll down to the Downloads section and turn on the Ask where to save each file before downloading toggle.

    Ask Where to Save option in Chrome settings
  4. Chrome will now ask 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 (three vertical dots), and then choose Settings.

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

    Select Privacy and Security from the menu on the left
  3. Select Site Settings under Privacy and Security.

    Select Site Settings under Privacy and Security
  4. Scroll down to Permissions and select the down arrow next to Additional Permissions.

  5. Select Automatic Downloads.

    Chrome site permissions settings
  6. Turn on the Ask when a site tries to download files automatically after the first file toggle.

    Ask when toggle in Chrome settings
  7. Chrome will now ask permission before downloading multiple files from a single site.