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Windows 7: How Do I Redirect Downloaded Items?

10 Jun 2014   #1

Win 7 Pro 64
How Do I Redirect Downloaded Items?

Windows 7 automatically directs any downloaded programs to its 'directory of choice:'


I'd prefer to continue to use a folder on another drive:

D:\My Documents\Downloads

How do I instruct Windows 7 to do this?

A search for 'redirect downloads' yielded 735 hits. None of those that floated to the top looked even remotely useful.



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10 Jun 2014   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

It's not a function of Windows.

It's a setting in your browser's configuration.

I have no idea where that is in Internet Explorer, but in Firefox it is set at tools/options on the General tab.

Here is a google search for "Internet Explorer download folder", with a bunch of hits.
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10 Jun 2014   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Baumgrenze,

The tutorial below can help show you how to change the default download location in Internet Explorer. :)

Internet Explorer - Change Default Download Location
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10 Jun 2014   #4

Win 7 Pro 64

Thank you, ignatzatsonic and Brink,

Thanks for the prompt and informative (and worthy of accolades if the system allowed it) responses.

Somehow in the re installation of Mozilla SeaMonkey the setting got lost. I'd last set it enough years ago so that I'd completely forgotten how it is done.

FWIW, in SeaMonkey the menu is under Edit>Preferences>Downloads, just in case another SeaMonkey user finds this thread.


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10 Jun 2014   #5

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Here's a link to the Tutorial Section explaining how to change the default location in IE.

Internet Explorer - Change Default Download Location

For FireFox

To set the default download location, click on orange Firefox button on the top left > options > options > General tab and then click on browse inside the Downloads box to select the location you want your downloads to be saved in.

For Chrome:
  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  1. Click Show advanced settings and scroll down to the "Downloads" section.
  2. To change the default download location, click Change and select where you'd like your files to be saved.
  • If you'd rather choose a specific location for each download, select the "Ask where to save each file before downloading" checkbox.

Brink, you type too fast LOL
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10 Jun 2014   #6

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Glad we could help Baumgrenze. :)
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