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Where are the files I downloaded

Updated on March 16, 2011

How can I find the files i downloaded?

The basic download directory is the “Downloads” in a Windows 7 or Windows Vista machine and DocumentsàDownloads in a windows XP machine. Many Windows downloaded files are stored in a temporary folder. If you open a file in a browser, it is saved in the temp. Folder. If you save the file, then it is saved in the default downloads directory.

The Download Directory can be changed manually as follows:

1.      Firefox Browser

Just open Tools \ Options and you should see the Downloads section right on the very first screen. If not, then Select Main on the tabs above. Then Click the Browse button to select a new folder. A window should now be displayed prompting you to select a new download location. You can choose any location that Windows recognizes, including flash drives. You can also choose to have Firefox always ask you where to save the files, and you can turn off the “Downloads” window.

1.      Google Chrome

Click on the Chrome "wrench" icon, located in the upper right hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select the choice labeled Options.The Google Chrome Options dialog should now be displayed, overlaying your main browser window. Click on the Minor Tweaks tab if it is not already selected.Located at the top of the Minor Tweaks options dialog is the Download location section. Displayed in this section is the actual location on your hard drive where files download through Chrome are saved to. In the example above, Chrome downloads are being saved to the My Documents folder. To modify this location, first click on the Browse...  button.A window should now be displayed prompting you to select a new download location. You can choose any location that Windows recognizes, including flash drives. Once you have selected the desired location, click on the OK button.You may not want all of your Chrome file downloads to be saved to the same location every time. In this case, there is an option in the Download location section of the Minor Tweaks that can help. Disabled by default, the option labeled Ask where to save each file before downloading is accompanied by a check box. To have Chrome prompt you for a save location each and every time you download a file, simply place a check mark.

2.      IE Browser

Changing the default downloads directory in IE is a bit complex.

# Go to Start -> Run -> type regedit and enter

# Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Internet Explorer

# Create a new String value with key Download Directory and set the value to a valid directory (ex: C:\Download) * if this key already exists, just modify the value.

Alternatively, one can always search for the file in the Windows Search.

It is advised to use download managers to manage files that you download. Some of these Download managers include Internet Download Manager, Download Accelerator Plus (DAP).


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