The Downloads folder location is a helpful thing to know if you download any files in Google Chrome. Use these steps to change your download folder in Google Chrome.
- Open Chrome.
- Click the three dots icon.
- Choose Settings.
- Click Advanced.
- Select Downloads.
- Click the Change button.
- Navigate to the desired folder, then click Select folder.
Our article continues below with additional information and pictures for these steps.
Google Chrome will store any files, images or programs that you download in a folder that you specify in the Settings menu.
The default setting for this, in Windows 7 and Windows 10, is the “Downloads” folder in your user folder. However, if you want to change this to a location that you can access more easily, you can do so at any time. You can also read our find downloads on Windows 10 guide for another way to locate it.
While the Downloads folder is a helpful place to keep these things because it makes sense, your own method of file storage and organization might dictate that there is a more suitable folder to use.
Often this is something that you have created manually and keep on your desktop, or some other custom location. Or perhaps you use a cloud storage system like Dropbox, and want to store your files there.
Whatever your reasoning, you can use the steps in our guide below to change the default Downloads folder location for Google Chrome.
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How to Switch the Location of the Google Chrome Download Folder
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, in the Windows 10 operating system. After you make these changes, any file that you download from Chrome will go to the selected folder by default.
Step 1: Open Google Chrome.
Step 2: Click the Customize and control Google Chrome button at the top-right.
Step 3: Choose the Settings option.
Step 4: Click the Advanced tab at the left side of the window.
Step 5: Select the Downloads option.
Step 6: Click the Change button to the right of the current Downloads folder.
Step 7: Browse to the desired Downloads folder, then click the Select Folder button.
Now when you download a file in Google Chrome it will go to this folder by default. Depending on your Chrome settings you may still be prompted to select a download folder when downloading future files, however.
This will not affect any download settings for other Web browsers like Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Those browsers each have their own download settings and folders which you can change as well.
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