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Internet Explorer - Change Default Download Location

How to Change Default Download Location in IE9, IE10, and IE11
Published by Brink
18 Sep 2010
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How to Change Default Download Location in IE9, IE10, and IE11


information   Information
This will show you how to change the default download location that IE9, IE10, and IE11 saves to by default to be any folder that you select instead of the default C:\Users\(user-name)\Downloads folder.

Note   Note
In Windows 8, the IE10 Windows UI (Metro) version uses the same download location that you set for the IE10 desktop version below.






OPTION ONE
Change IE Default "Save" Download Location in Download Manager
1. Open IE9, IE10, or IE11.
NOTE: In Windows 8/8.1, you would open the desktop IE version, and not the modern IE version.

2. Click/tap on the gear icon in the upper right corner, then click/tap on View downloads. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You could also press CTRL + J instead.
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3. Click/tap on the Options link. (see screenshot below)
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4. Click/tap on the Browse button. (see screenshot below)
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5. Navigate to and select (highlight) the folder that you want IE9 or IE10 to use as the default download location, then click/tap on the Select Folder button. (see screenshot below)
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6. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 4)

7. Click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below step 3)



OPTION TWO
Change Internet Explorer Default "Save" Download Location in Registry
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes (Windows 7/8) or Continue (Vista).

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

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4. In the right pane of Main, double click/tap on Default Download Directory to modify it. (see screenshot above)

5. Type in the full path of the folder that you want IE9 or IE10 to save downloads to by default, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
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6. Close regedit.



OPTION THREE
To Manually Select a "Save as" Download Location in Internet Explorer

NOTE: This option is to Save as a file you want to download to any location no matter what you set the default Save location in Option One above.
1. After you click/tap on the file's download link in IE9 oe IE10, click/tap on the drop down arrow on the Save button at the bottom of IE9 or IE10, and click/tap on Save as. (see screenshot below)
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2. Navigate to where you would like to save the file to, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)
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That's it,
Shawn







19 Sep 2010   #1
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Nice tutorial, it's not that easy to find.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Sep 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Dave. I agree, it sure was buried just a bit.
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19 Sep 2010   #3
iskenderc

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I cannot see the "view downloads" window when i click on it?
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19 Sep 2010   #4
neeraj

Windows 8 CP x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Nice tutorial, it's not that easy to find.

yup you are right Dave it's not at all easy to find..!!

thanx for this tut.. Shawn..!!
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19 Sep 2010   #5
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Doesn't work for me. In IE 9 64 bit nothing happens when I click View Downloads. In IE 9 32 bit IE crashes with a has stopped working prompt. Looks like there is something wrong with my IE 9 install. The download manager works OK so its not a big deal at the moment, I can live without that menu option.
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19 Sep 2010   #6
Spidey1976

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Nice update fella - I'd rep you, but I need to spread it around some more first.... +1
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19 Sep 2010   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iskenderc View Post
I cannot see the "view downloads" window when i click on it?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Doesn't work for me. In IE 9 64 bit nothing happens when I click View Downloads. In IE 9 32 bit IE crashes with a has stopped working prompt. Looks like there is something wrong with my IE 9 install. The download manager works OK so its not a big deal at the moment, I can live without that menu option.
This tutorial was tested on both the 32-bit and 64-bit IE9, and it worked on both at least for me. You may have a bad add-on or something that is causing this. As a test, reset IE9 completely to see if it it may work properly afterwards.

IE9 is still a beta, so there most likely will be some bugs in it still that may have IE9 not work properly on some system setups. Hopefully the next IE9 release will work better for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Sep 2010   #8
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Reseting IE 9 32 bit to defaults didn't help. It actually mad things worse, now it crashes every time I open it. Looks like I'm going back to IE 8.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Sep 2010   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's no good. I suppose you could try uninstalling and reinstalling IE9 to see if it may have just been a bad installation.
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