How to change where and how Microsoft Edge downloads files

Microsoft Edge is one of the most important apps on Microsoft’s to-do list - a new web browser that was built from scratch, aiming to be better than its competition. This means that Edge has to offer more than just a good web browsing experience, it also has to be able to let its users change settings easily. In this tutorial, we will show you how to configure one of the most important things in any web browser: how to change the default downloads folder that is used by
Microsoft Edge.

NOTE: The screenshots used in this article are from Windows 10 with Anniversary Update. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available for free, to all Windows 10 users, as of August 2, 2016.

How to access Microsoft Edge’s advanced settings

In order to be able to change the default downloads folder for Microsoft Edge, you must access its advanced settings and to do that, you will first have to open Microsoft Edge. We assume that you’ve already done that at least a couple of times but, if you didn’t, you should know that Windows 10 creates a default shortcut for Microsoft Edge on its taskbar and a tile in the Start Menu . Click or tap on any of them and Edge will launch.

In the Microsoft Edge window, click or tap the More button from the top right corner. It looks like three suspension points.

Microsoft Edge will now display its main configuration menu . At the bottom of the list, you will find the link to Settings .

Click or tap on it and the Settings pane will slide into view.

Scroll downwards until the list of settings ends - there you’ll find a section called Advanced settings .

Click or tap on the “View advanced settings” and Microsoft Edge will slide its Advanced settings pane into view.

How to c hange the location of the downloads folder in Microsoft Edge

After you’ve opened the Advanced settings pane from Microsoft Edge, scroll downwards until you find a section called Downloads .

The default location for saving the files you download with Microsoft Edge is “C:\Users\Your username\Downloads” . However, you might prefer saving your downloads in another folder, of your choosing.

If that’s the case for you, click or tap on the Change button from the Downloads settings section.

Microsoft Edge will launch a dialog window called Select folder . Browse through your Windows 10 PC or device and select the folder where you want to “Save downloaded files to” .

After you’ve selected the new downloads folder, the files you will download with Microsoft Edge from now on will be automatically saved in it.

How to make Microsoft Edge ask you what to do with each file you download

Microsoft Edge can be configured so that it automatically save the files you download in its downloads folder, or ask you “...what to do with each download” . If you turn this switch on, each time you start a download, Microsoft Edge will let you choose what you want to do: Save the file in the default Downloads folder, “Save [the file] as” a specific file in a specific folder that you manually select, or Cancel the download.

If you choose to Save the file, Microsoft Edge will save it in the downloads folder you configured earlier, in the previous section of this tutorial.

If, when you download a file from the internet, you choose the option “Save as” , Microsoft Edge will let you specify manually where that file will be saved on your Windows 10 PC.

Finally, if you click or tap on Cancel , the file will no longer be downloaded.

Conclusion

Choosing to automatically save the files you download with Microsoft Edge in a folder you specify can be very useful. A very good example is that when you download lots of files and you have limited space on your C drive. In such a case, you will probably want to set Microsoft Edge save downloaded files on a different drive or partition. Will you change the downloads folder for your Microsoft Edge browser, or will you keep the default folder? Share your opinions with us, in the comments section below.