How to Change the File Download Location in Google Chrome

Download your files to your desktop or any folder you choose

Chrome settings screenshot
 Scott Orgera

Downloading files through the browser is something many of us do on a daily basis. Whether it is an email attachment or an installer for a new application, these files are automatically placed in a predesignated location on our local hard drive or external storage device unless otherwise specified. You may prefer to download files to your desktop or to a different folder. The file download destination is a configurable setting that users can modify to their liking.

Changing the Default Download Folder

Google Chrome makes it simple to change its default download location. Here's how:

  1. Open your Chrome browser.
  2. Click Chrome's main menu icon, represented by three dots and located in the upper right corner of the browser window.
  3. Select Settings. Chrome's Settings should now be displayed in a new tab or window, depending on your configuration.
  4. Click Advanced at the bottom of the screen to display Chrome's advanced settings.
  5. Scroll down to the Downloads section. You can see the browser's current file download location in this section. To select a new destination for Chrome's downloads, click Change.
  6. Use the window that opens to navigate to your desired download location. When you've selected the location, click OK, Open or Select, depending on your equipment. The Download location path should reflect the change.
  7. If you are satisfied with this change, close the active tab to return to your current browsing session.
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