Microsoft Edge brings back save options for downloading files

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Edge (Chromium) has new options for downloading files.
  • The feature is in testing in the Dev and Canary channels of Microsoft Edge.
  • A similar feature was available on the legacy version of Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge has a new feature that allows you to pick between a few options when downloading a file. The feature is currently available in the Dev and Canary channels of Microsoft Edge (via Techdows). Specifically, all builds with version 87.0.629.0 should have the feature. Microsoft outlines the new feature and all the options it presents in a new techcommunity post (opens in new tab).

The feature is actually a return to form, bringing the new Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge more in line with the legacy version of Microsoft Edge. When Microsoft moved to Chromium for Edge, the browser gained several features and improved in many ways, but there were some features sacrificed while making the switch. This latest addition brings back a popular feature from legacy Edge.

Below are the options you'll see when downloading a file, as outlined by Microsoft:

  • Open the file, which downloads it to a temporary folder and opens the file. This temporary folder will attempt to clear itself whenever you start a new browser session
  • Save as, which opens the file explorer, allowing you to rename and choose where the file is saved
  • Save the file, located under the ... button, which saves the file to your default downloads folder (you can also change this on the Downloads settings page)
  • Cancel the file download entirely, this is also located under the ... button

In addition to adding these options, Microsoft Edge also gained the ability to delete downloads directly from the browser. In supported versions of Microsoft Edge, you can now right-click on a downloaded item within the browser's download page and select "Delete file."

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5 Comments
  • Good. Currently, I don't use Edge if I think I will need to download a file. I can't open the file from Edge downloads. I can't find the file anywhere in the OS file system. I can't move the file from Edge downloads. I could be missing something, but even if that's true, it's not easy using downloads in Edge.
  • That doesn't sound right. It should just go to the user downloads folder. Unless there's some setting you've changed, but I don't know of any (doesn't mean that there isn't one though, since I'm sure there is).
  • Sounds like its maybe going to virtual store? Try looking here C:\users/User/AppData/Local/VirtualStore then from here navigate any folders as if you were going from the c drive
  • Just press Ctrl-J or go to Settings -> Downloads and you'll see a page with every file ever downloaded in Edge regardless of where it was saved. In the left pane, you can search downloads or filter by type to view only audio, documents, PDFs, videos, etc. Nothing could be easier.
  • Glad to see this. One of the few things I still missed from legacy Edge.