The default destination for downloads on computers running Microsoft Windows Operating System (Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10) is the C:/drive. The C:/drive is also the windows system drive where the operating system is located. For a computer running Mac OS, the default download destination is the 'Download' folder found in the 'User' folder of the computer's Hard Drive. However, These default download destinations are not cast in stone, and you can always change them.
There are several reasons while people may want to change the default download folder to a different one.
Most users are satisfied with the set default destination for downloading any file. But if you want to switch to a different location for any of the reasons stated above, changing your default download destination for any Operating System or Browser is easy. It can be done in less than 5 minutes.
This article will show you how.
You will be prompted to move all of the files in the old destination to the newly created one. Click 'yes' to proceed. This is recommended, especially if you want to free up space on your C:/drive.
Now, all the files in the default destination will be moved to the new location from the c:/drive. Also, from now on, all downloads will directly be sent and saved to the new destination.
You can use the storage settings of your Windows 10 to change the default destination for various file types.
Again, it's recommended you choose another location other than the c:/drive.
Changing the default destination for downloads in the Microsoft Edge browser is straightforward.
Your downloads will now be saved to the new location.
The default destination for downloads from the Chrome browser is the 'Downloads' folder in your user account. However, here is how you can save them in a different location if you so desire.
Chrome will now save all its downloads here. However, Chrome can allow you to select the download destination before saving each file. To do this, set the toggle button 'Ask where to save each file before downloading to the 'on' position.
Mac users will find that their downloads automatically go to the download folder in the 'User' Folder of the Hard Drive. But you can change where downloads are automatically sent if you prefer a different folder. Fortunately, the process for changing the default download destination for the three main Mac browsers - Safari, Chrome, and Firefox is straightforward and pretty much the same.
Just like in the illustration above, you can set it to "Desktop." However, you can also choose other locations using 'Other...' click on 'Other' to take you to the Mac OS open/save dialog box. You can then select any folder you may want to use from there.
If you want more control over your downloads, You can also switch the toggle to "Ask for each download" so that anytime you want to download a file, the system prompts you to select your choice download destination.
Like the safari browser, you can always activate the radio button "Always ask me where to save files" to make Firefox ask you for your preferred location each time you want to download a file.
Changing the default download destination in the Google Chrome browser for Mac is different from the other two browsers.
Just like the Safari and Firefox browsers, you can make Chrome ask you to choose your preferred location at the point of downloading any file.
For Mac users, Mail also sends any attachment to the default download folder. You can also change it to any dedicated folder of your choice if you wish.
You can significantly enhance productivity by setting your computer to direct download exactly where you want them to be. In addition, it can help declutter your Download folder and speed up your computer. Staying organized also makes it much easier to find files faster and with fewer hassles.
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