How to Change the File Download Location in Google Chrome

Download your files to the spot you want

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This tutorial is only intended for users running the Google Chrome browser on Chrome OS, LinuxMac OS X, or Windows operating systems.

Downloading files through the browser is something many of us do on a daily basis. Whether it be 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.

Where these files land is a configurable setting, one that most users tend to modify to their liking. For example, I have a designated folder on my desktop where my downloaded files reside. Google Chrome makes it fairly simple to change its default download location, and this tutorial walks you through the process.

  1. Open your Chrome browser.
  2. Click Chrome's main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window.
  3. Select Settings. Chrome's Settings should now be displayed in a new tab or window, depending on your configuration.
  4. Click Show advanced settings. Chrome's advanced settings should now be displayed.
  5. Scroll down until the Downloads section is visible, as shown in the example above. As you can see, the browser's current file download location is displayed. To select a new destination for Chrome's downloads, click Change.
  6. A window should now be displayed, allowing you to navigate to your desired download location. The design of this window will vary based on your operating system. Once you've chosen the location, click OK, Open or Save. The Download location path should now reflect the change.
  1. If you are satisfied with this new value, close the active tab to return to your current browsing session.
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