How to Change Where Downloads Go


In between checking your email, updating your Facebook page and surfing your favorite sites, you may occasionally wish to save a picture, document or attachment onto your computer. All the popular browsers will automatically download the file and save it to some set location, but it may not be the location you want. Fortunately, most browsers make it a simple process to change the default download location to anywhere you wish.

Things You'll Need

  • Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari

Google Chrome

  • Click on the wrench icon in the upper-right corner of the Chrome window, just under the "X" button. This will bring up a menu.

  • Select "Options." (On macs, this is "Preferences.") A new tab will open with Chrome's options page.

  • Click on the "Under the Hood" tab.

  • Click on "Change" in the Downloads section. A window will open up.

  • Find and select the folder where you want your downloads to go, and click "OK."

Mozilla Firefox

Apple Safari

  • Click on "Safari" from the menu bar. A drop-down menu will appear.

  • Select "Preferences." The preferences window will open up.

  • Select the "General" tab if it is not already open.

  • Click on the double-arrow next to "Save Downloaded Files To" and select "Other" from the menu. A window will open up.

  • Find and select the folder where you want your downloads to go and click Select.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you can't find your downloaded files, you can use these steps to find out where they are going.
  • If you use Internet Explorer, changing the default download location involves changing the windows registry -- something that is both complicated and potentially harmful.

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