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How to change download options in Edge for Windows 10

Microsoft Edge has a few neat options when it comes to downloading files — choose where the files are saved, and change whether or not Edge asks you what you'd like to do with a file each time you try to download.

Here's how to change Edge's download options to best suit your needs.

How to choose where you save files downloaded in Edge

When you click a file to download in Edge, it will by default save to the Downloads folder. If you'd like to save files to a folder other than Downloads, you can change the path. Here's how to do it.

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  2. Click the More button — it is located near the top-right corner of the window and looks like "•••".

  1. Click Settings.
  2. Click View advanced settings. You might have to scroll down a bit to find it.

  1. Click Change.
  2. Click a new folder where you'd like to save files.

  1. Click Select Folder.
  2. Click the More button to close the menu.

How to enable and disable download queries

If you're downloading a lot of files to the same spot or you simply don't want to be asked where to save a file each time you click a download link, you can set Edge to not ask you what you'd like to do with a file. Here's how to do it.

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  2. Click the More button — it is located near the top-right corner of the window and looks like "•••".

  1. Click Settings.
  2. Click View advanced settings. You might have to scroll down a bit to find it.

  1. Click the switch beneath Ask me what to do with each download so that it turns grey. Click it again so that it turns blue to turn it back on.
  2. Click the More button to close the menu.

When download queries are disabled, the file will start downloading to your set folder as soon as you click the download link.

If you leave download queries enabled, a small frame will pop up at the bottom of Edge that asks if you'd like to Save, Save as, or Cancel.

  • Save: The file will be saved in whichever folder you set to hold your Edge downloads.
  • Save as: Choose where you'd like to save the file.
  • Cancel: Abandon the download.

Express or custom?

Do you set Edge to download automatically, or do you have it set to ask for each file? Let us know in the comments section!

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

20 Comments
  • For me, more important would be the option to Open or to Download a specific file, not only the option to download.
  • This! Why did Microsoft remove "run"? So dumb
  • I like the ******* downvoting me but the comment that said exactly the same thing got 4 upvotes... Someone has sand in their vagina...anyway why does every other browser in the world let u "run" or "open" instead of just save and somehow what I say is incorrect? Hmmm
  • Lol
    Don't worry, its Downvote Central here for no good reason.
    Anyway, is there a proper working ad blocker for Edge yet?
  • Theres still no real progress bar, the size of the download, the speed its downloading, and how much left.
  • For not stable internet, i prefer chrome. If internet drops for even a second, Edge stops the download and no way to continue it again, have to start from beginning. Same for mobile!
  • Agree with you.
  • Why Chrome? Use Opera or Firefox.
  • Yeah agreed, fk Chrome !
  • OnPc: Use Internet Download Accelerator(IDA) then.
    Steps:
    Just copy your broken/interrupted downloaded file link via downloads screen and download it using IDA. BTW, EDGE browser seldom gives you resume option after disconnecting on your slow internet system. ON mobile: Use UC browser with pause/resume downloading feature..
  • As I don't like to dump all downloads into one folder just to have to move them later, I definitely prefer the ability to specify a folder for each download.
  • Has Edge learned yet how to properly load webpages or does it still hang up, not allowing you to do anything while it takes 10-20sec to load, and then you can finally start scrolling
  • I want to use edge but I really can't. It's a joke. Crashes, hangs, pages not loading properly. Yeah it's still a mess
  • Same. I won't to use it and love it but it appears to still be in beta.
    Does it have a decent working ad blocker yet?
  • How to disable pdf handle by Edge?
  • Right click on any pdf file, click properties and change open with to change to any program of your choice
  • did that and it works for pdfs on hard drive, but click links on web still open pdfs in Edge. Is most annoying.
  • All I want back is the run option. I don't really want to have to save every single file I open.
  • These are excellent tips. Anyone know of a fix for Edge not uploading files properly? I go through the file selector and select the file but nothing shows up in the upload box. Very frustrating. works fine on other browsers so it isn't the site. That is unless they haven't caught up to the level that Edge is on or something....
  • The introduction of a "save as" feature in Edge was very welcome, but I still prefer Internet Explorer to all toher browsers when it comes to downloads because of the "open/run" option which only stores the file temporarily.