I often need to refer to my download history when I am looking for a font or a driver that I am using for a project, so being able to reliably find my Chrome download history and folder is something that I am doing on a regular basis.
When you find a picture or document on the Internet that you want to save or edit, you need to download it in your Web browser. This can be accomplished by either clicking a dedicated download link or right-clicking on the item and choosing the download option.
The downloaded file will be saved to your computer, typically in the default download location for the browser you use. In the case of Google Chrome, recently-downloaded files are usually shown in a horizontal bar at the bottom of the window, too.
Finding things like your saved passwords in Chrome usually involves going through the Settings menu, but you may not be able to find the specific download information that you want.
If you accidentally close that download bar, or if you have changed the location of your download folder, then you may be struggling to locate the files you have chosen to download. Our guide below will show you where to see your recent downloads in Google Chrome so that you can find these files.
How to Find Files You Have Recently Downloaded in Google Chrome
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser. The first section of this article provides a quick overview on where to see your recent downloads. You can continue scrolling, or click here to see the full guide with pictures.
- At least one previously-downloaded file
- Google Chrome
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click the Customize and control Google Chrome button at the top-right of the window.
- Select the Downloads option.
- View your recent downloads.
You can also open this Downloads window by pressing Ctrl + J on your keyboard while Chrome is open.
You can sort files by date in a folder in Windows by right-clicking inside the folder, choosing Sort by, then choosing Date modified.
Full Guide – How to View Google Chrome Recent Downloads
This section of the article provides some additional information on how to check downloads on Chrome, as well as shows pictures of the screens you should see as you are walking through this process.
Step 1: Open the Chrome browser.
Step 2: Click the Customize and control Google Chrome button at the top-right of the window.
Step 3: Select the Downloads option.
Here you can view the files that you have recently downloaded. Note that if you click the Show in folder button you will open a Windows Explorer window where you can view the file in the folder where it is currently located.
The location from which you downloaded the file is shown too, so if you are asking yourself “what is my Chrome downloading?” because the file name is odd, or the file has been downloading for a while, then looking at the URL might help identify it.
You can also open the Downloads window by typing the Ctrl + J keyboard shortcut. This is also a great option if you have been wondering how to see what Chrome is downloading when you have a lot of simultaneous downloads occurring.
If all of your downloaded files are saved in the same folder, you can sort that folder in Windows by right-clicking in an empty space in the folder, selecting Sort by, then choosing the Date modified option.
Would you like Google Chrome to ask you where to download each file? Find out how to enable a prompt when downloading files in Google Chrome and get this functionality.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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