Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers How to Delete Downloads From Your Computer Clear downloads from Chrome, Firefox, and more by Daniel N. Martin Writer Daniel Martin is a writer and researcher with 10+ years' experience. He is a professional librarian and an experienced tech and information literacy teacher. our editorial process LinkedIn Daniel N. Martin Updated on October 12, 2020 Browsers Chrome Safari Firefox Microsoft Tweet Share Email If your internet browser is slow to start, web pages take longer to load, downloads sputter and stall out, or your browser freezes, you could have an issue with too many files in your download folder. If you want to learn how to delete downloads from your computer and popular web browsers like Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge, here’s how to make it quick and painless. Why You Should Delete Your Downloads Every time you use the internet, you'll encounter countless files that can be downloaded, like apps, toolbars, browser extensions, pictures, documents, and videos. Any time you download something from the internet, it's stored in your Downloads folder, which can cause your web browser and even your entire computer to slow down considerably. If you're using a family or public computer to navigate the internet, it may be in your best interest to make sure your history is deleted. Additionally, you could be risking the data of everyone who uses the computer being exposed, not just your own. You could also be inviting security and privacy issues. Some downloads can contain malware that installs viruses and monitors your web activity, keystrokes, and browsing behavior. Getty Images/ISerg How to Delete Downloads From Your PC You may be shocked to learn that if you neglect clearing out your download and temp folders, you could have hundreds of megabytes or even gigabytes of data clogging up your system. Even compressed files like program installers can take up a surprising amount of disc space if left alone. If you want to delete all the download files from your web browsers and computer all at once, here’s how to do it. Navigate to the search bar next to the Windows Start Menu.. If you don't see the search bar, press Windows Key+S to open it. Enter "File Explorer" and select File Explorer. Select the Downloads folder on the left side of the window. To select all files in the Downloads folder, press Ctrl+A. You can also select individual files, but this will take slightly longer. Right-click the selected files and select Delete. Select Yes to confirm the deletion of the files. Right-click the Recycle Bin in the top left corner of your Desktop. Select Empty Recycle Bin to delete the downloads from your PC permanently. How to Delete Downloads from Firefox Select the hamburger menu. Select Options. Select Privacy & Security. Navigate to the Cookies and Site Data section, then select Clear Data. You can also choose to have all downloads removed at the end of your browsing session. This can be done by checking the box next to Cookies and Site Data. Your cookies and site data will be automatically deleted when Firefox closes. Select Manage Data for more options about managing site data like cookies. To delete data for a single website, select the website, then select Remove Selected. To delete them all at once, select Remove All. Close the Options page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved. How to Delete Downloads from Google Chrome Open the Chrome browser. Select the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the screen. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Downloads. Select Open Download folder from the new window that opens. To select all files in the Downloads folder, press Ctrl+A. You can also select individual files by selecting on each one. Right-click the selected files and select Delete. Right-click the Recycle Bin in the top left corner of your Desktop. Select Empty Recycle Bin to delete the downloads from your PC permanently. How to Delete Downloads from Microsoft Edge Open the Microsoft Edge browser. Select the three horizontal dots in the upper right-hand corner. Select the Settings icon at the bottom of the menu. Select Choose what to clear under Clear browsing data. Make sure that the box next to Download History is checked, then select Clear.