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How to change new Microsoft Edge's default-download location

Microsoft Edge change default download location
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The new version of Microsoft Edge uses the "Downloads" folder as the default location to save documents, images, and files that you download from the internet.

Although using the default configuration is the logical location to store downloaded files, it doesn't mean that it's the best location for every installation. For example, if you have multiple hard drives, you may prefer to save downloads on the secondary storage because it has more space. Or maybe you download work files or personal images and want to avoid accidentally deleting them when freeing up space.

Whatever the reason it may be, the new Chromium version of Microsoft Edge includes an option to change the default location to store downloaded files on Windows 10.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to specify a new folder location to save downloaded files when using the new Chromium version of Microsoft Edge.

How to change default downloads folder location on Microsoft Edge

To change the default location to store downloaded files on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Select the Settings option.

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  1. Click on Downloads.
  2. Click the Change button.

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  1. Select the new folder location for downloads.
  2. Click the Select Folder button.

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  1. (Optional) Turn on Ask where to save each file before downloading toggle switch.

Once you complete the steps, documents, images, and files will always save automatically in the location you specified.

If you enabled the option to receive a prompt before downloading, you'll get a "Save As" dialog to select the folder you wish to use for the download.

You can always learn more useful tips to get started with the new version of Microsoft Edge in this guide.

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

3 Comments
  • Any way to have the "Run or Save" prompt as before? Thanks
  • I don't think so, Thanks,
  • This prompt need to come back! This was the best way to download files.... Ask me to save it or Run it!