How-To Change The Chrome Default Download Folder

Groovy Google Chrome How-To, Tips, Dowloads, News, and GrooveIt can take some getting used to – if you’ve just made the switch to Chrome. One of the first things I noticed was how it mimics Firefox when downloading files.  Chrome will automatically save files to a default location and then provide you with a quick way to access them from within the browser once they finish.  If you want to change where Chrome automatically saves files, here’s the How-To.


Here is where you can locate the default Chrome download folder in Windows 7:


If that folder isn’t working out or if you’d like to choose where each file downloads, we can fix that in Chrome’s settings.


How To Change The Chrome Default Download Folder


1. In Google Chrome Click the Wrench (Tools) icon at the top-right of the window.  From the menu that appears Select Options.

open chrome tools menu


2. In the Google Chrome Options window Click the Under the Hood tab.  Here you have two choices.

  • Option A: Click Browse and choose a folder location where all downloads will automatically save.
  • Option B: Check the Ask where to save each file before downloading box.  If you enable this feature, Chrome will open a prompt for each download you initiate and ask you specifically where to save it.

under the google chrome hood


Regardless of which option you choose, Chrome will still display downloads at the bottom bar of the browser.  From this bottom bar, you can quickly open the download itself, or just the folder where you downloaded it.

google chrome downloads


Additionally, download history will be the same regardless of which option you decided on.  You can view your downloaded history at chrome://downloads/.

google chrome download history

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  1. floracion

    October 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks for your help! I kept thinking my downloads were going to my desktop because of Windows 7, and I couldn’t figure out how to change it. It was Chrome all along. I’m finally okay now.

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