How To Change Default Download Folder in Internet Explorer

I had the need the other day to change the default download folder in Internet Explorer 10 for one of my users but I just couldn’t find the right place to do it. It’s not in Options like the other browsers. Rather, it’s buried in a place that’s not so obviously to a normal person like me.

So if you ever need to change the default download location to other place, here is what you can do.

1. Click the Gear icon in IE and choose View Downloads.

Internet Explorer - gear icon and view downloads

2. Click the Options (like a link) at the bottom of the window.

Internet Explorer - view downloads and options

3. Click Browse… button to select the folder you want to set as the default download folder for IE.

Internet Explorer - view downloads and options and Download Options

4. Click OK, and you are all set.

See, it’s one of many things I think IE can learn from other browsers like Chrome and Firefox. Why changing a default download location has to be that complicated?

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 08/04/2014

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