How To Change The Default Downloads Location In Edge On Windows 11

Have you ever downloaded a file from the internet using Microsoft Edge on Windows 11, only to realize it has been saved in a location you didn’t expect? By default, Edge saves downloaded files to the Downloads folder in your user profile. However, you may want to change this location to somewhere more convenient. In this article, we’ll show you how to change the default downloads location in Edge on Windows 11.

Step 1: Open Edge Settings

To change the default downloads location in Edge on Windows 11, first, open the Edge browser and click on the three dots in the top right corner of the window. This will open the Edge menu. From the menu, select “Settings.”

Step 2: Go to Downloads Settings

In the Settings window, scroll down until you find the “Downloads” section. Click on it to open the Downloads settings.

Step 3: Choose a New Downloads Location

In the Downloads settings, you’ll see an option labeled “Location.” By default, this is set to “Downloads” in your user profile. To change the default location, click on the “Change” button next to the Location option.

Step 4: Select a Folder

A new window will open, allowing you to choose a new location for your downloads. Browse to the folder you want to use and select it. Once you’ve selected the folder, click on the “Select Folder” button.

Step 5: Save Changes

Back in the Downloads settings, you’ll now see the new location you’ve chosen. Make sure it’s correct and then click on the “Save” button to apply the changes.

Step 6: Test the New Location

To make sure everything is working as expected, try downloading a file from the internet. It should now be saved in the new location you’ve chosen.

Step 7: Revert to Default Downloads Location

If you ever want to change the downloads location back to the default, simply follow the same steps above and choose “Downloads” in your user profile as the location.


Q: Can I change the default downloads location for a specific file type?

A: No, the default downloads location applies to all file types.

Q: Will changing the downloads location affect previously downloaded files?

A: No, changing the downloads location only affects future downloads.

Q: Can I choose a network drive as the downloads location?

A: Yes, as long as the network drive is accessible from your computer.

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