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Where Downloads Go

Friday, March 30th, 2007 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management

Are you constantly downloading programs and putting new items on your computer? If so, have you ever noticed that most of those download files go straight to your desktop? And after you realize that, have you ever wondered why they do that? I mean, why is the desktop such a popular place?

Actually, the desktop is a pretty common place on a computer. So, the best explanation is that they’re sent there so you’ll have an easier time finding them later on. If the file goes directly to the desktop, you don’t have to rummage around in your other folders to find the new download. Now, most programs do have a choice included in the download process that allows you to change the place they go to, so if you pay close attention to that, you’ll be able to select another location.

Also, if you use Firefox as your main Web browser, you can change where your downloads go before they even start. In Firefox, go to Tools, Options.


In the Options dialog box, under the General tab, you’ll find a section for choosing a download location.


You can either click the button Save files to, or Always ask me where to save files. If you want all files saved to the same location, click Save my files to, and then the Browse button and the Browse for Folder dialog box will open.


From there, you can choose a location.

If Google Chrome is your default browser, the instructions are similar. Click on the wrench icon (Tools). In the menu that appears, select Options.


In the Options dialog box, select the Under the Hood tab. Scroll down until you come to the Downloads section. There you can either select a default download location, or you can check the box, Ask where to save each file before downloading.


In Internet Explorer 8, if you choose to save the file, you also get to choose the download location.


Click the Save button, then select the location.


In Internet Explorer 9, if you choose Save As (appears at the bottom of the screen), you can then select a location.


So, even though it seems like your downloads are controlled, there are ways to direct them. But, then again, you may like things the way they are. If that’s the case, just leave everything as is and you’ll be good to go!

~ Erin

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