How to change the Downloads folder on Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox and Edge)

Every time we download a new file from the browser it will end up in a personal folder called Download, so you can immediately find the material you have just obtained. But what if we wanted to change the destination folder of the files from the system or from individual browsers, perhaps based on the type of file we are downloading?
In this guide we will show you how to change file download folder on Windows 10 acting on the settings offered by the operating system and on the options provided by all the main web browsers that can be installed on Windows, so as to be able to change in detail the path of the download folder in complete autonomy without having to act from the system each time and choosing whether to save everything automatically or choose the final path.

How to change the file download folder on Windows 10

If we have never done this type of configuration, we will show you all the steps to do it from Windows 10 and on the most used web browsers: Chrome, Firefox and Edge (also Internet Explorer).

Change the download folder from the operating system

By opening the File Explorer app we will have access to the personal folders of our account, among which the folder certainly stands out Download in the This PC section.

Normally this folder is present in the path C: Users Downloads, but we can use any other personal folder, even from another partition or another disk connected to the computer.
To change the folder destination path Download right click on it, press on Property, let's go to the Path tab and press the button Move.

A new window will open where we can choose the new destination folder for the downloaded files (if necessary we can create a new one in the chosen path); to confirm, press on Select folder and then on OK.

From now on the system will identify the new folder as the destination of the downloaded files both on Edge (the default browser of Windows 10), and on any other browser installed. To restore the original folder just repeat the steps above and press the button Restore immediately below the field where the path to the folder is present.

Change download folder from browsers

If we want to configure the browser to use a different download folder, we can do it in a simple way by acting on the program settings; in some cases we will also be able to choose whether to start the download immediately in the chosen folder or whether to always leave the choice of the folder at each download (excellent for those who download and keep different types of files in different folders).

Your Google Chrome we can change the download folder by pressing the three dots at the top right, selecting the menu Settings, pressing on the item Advanced and taking us to the Download section.

From here we can change the download folder using the button Change and indicating the new folder. If, on the other hand, we want to choose the folder where to save the files each time, simply activate the button next to the item Ask where to save the file before downloading it.

Your Mozilla Firefox we can proceed with the change to the download folder by pressing on the hamburger button at the top right, pressing on options and, in the tab General, scroll down the page until you find the Files and Applications section.

From here making sure that the item is selected Salva i file in and press the button Shop by Department to choose the new folder. If we want to change the destination folder every time, just put the mark on the item Ask where to save each file; to change the behavior of Firefox for each type of file, just configure the file extension in the Applications section, choosing the item for it Save file o Always ask.

If we use the Edge browser we can change the download folder by pressing the icon with the three dots at the top right, opening the menu Settings and press on the section Download to the left.

From here, simply press the button Modification to change the download folder. If we want to choose what to do with each download, simply activate or deactivate the button under the item Request what to do with each download.

If instead we use Internet Explorer as a browser, we can change the download folder only after starting the download; press the arrow next to the button Save (present on the bottom bar) and select Save with name.

We will be shown the window where you can choose the download folder. If we use the Save key, the browser will use the default folder set in Windows, while using the key Run o Save and Run the program will be started or saved (in the folder chosen by us) and started.


With Windows 10 it is easy to change the download destination folder, acting both from the system settings and at the level of the individual browsers. In this way we can organize our downloads in an intelligent way, choosing from time to time whether to use the default folder or whether to save images, videos and documents in the folders of the same name (modern browsers will always memorize the last folder used, so as to have it immediately at click distance).

If we use Google Chrome, we can block dangerous downloads or manage downloads individually based on file type by reading our guides On Chrome the blocking of deceptive sites and dangerous downloads e Manage downloads and downloaded files in Chrome: extensions and options.
If, on the other hand, our thought is to find out how to restore downloads interrupted abruptly or by necessity, we refer you to reading our article Resume broken downloads with Chrome, Firefox.

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