How to Make Chrome Save Files to a Different Folder

Download files to your desktop or to any folder you choose

When you use Chrome to download files, it saves them to a specific file folder. You may want to change this folder location to better organize your downloads, to free up space on your primary hard drive, or to save downloaded files in a cloud-based location such as Dropbox or another online storage service. You can also set up Chrome to ask you for a download location each time you download a file.

Change the Default Download Folder

To change Chrome's default download folder:

Another way to complete steps 1–4 is to type chrome://settings/?search=ask+where in the address bar.

  1. Open Chrome and, in the upper-right corner of the window, select the menu (three-dot) icon, 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 folder.

  5. Each time you use Chrome to download a file, it is saved in that folder.

Find a Downloaded File

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

  1. In the upper-right corner of Chrome, select the menu (three-dot) icon, then choose Downloads.

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

    Downloads option in Chrome
  2. A list displays the downloaded files, the URL each was downloaded from, and an option to Show in folder.

    To create a copy of a downloaded file in a new folder without changing the Chrome settings, go to the Downloads list, select a file name, and drag it to the destination folder. This copies the file but does not move it from the original folder.

  3. Select Show in Folder to open the folder containing the file.

    Show in Finder option in Chrome downloads

Ask Where to Save

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

If you deploy this option, you must select a default folder location in the event that you turn off the Ask where setting.

  1. In the upper-right corner of Chrome, select the menu (three-dot) icon, 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 ask you for a download location each time you download a file.

Permission to Download Multiple Files

To adjust whether Chrome asks if you want to download multiple files from the same website, or does this automatically:

  1. In the upper-right corner of Chrome, select the menu (three-dot) icon, then choose Settings.

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

    Advanced in Chrome Settings
  3. Under Privacy and security, select Content settings.

    This screen also contains a list of sites you blocked from downloading more than one file at once. Add more websites or domains to the list in the Block or Allow section. For example, if you add a website in the Allow section, Chrome automatically downloads multiple files at once.

    If a website attempts to download malware to your computer and the site is listed in the Allow section, add it to the Block section or delete it from the Allow area.

    Content settings in Chrome
  4. On the Content settings screen, select Automatic downloads.

    Automatic downloads in Chrome settings
  5. Turn on the Ask when a site tries to download files automatically after the first file toggle.

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