Google Chrome: How to Change the Default Download Location

I am currently using the developers preview channel of Google Chrome, which is a test version (of new features, coding, etc…) of the Chrome web browser. For the everyday computer user, interested in installing Google Chrome, it is your best bet to stick with the final “tested out” version. If interested, you can get it [ HERE ] . To learn more about Google Chrome, I encourage you to visit [ HERE ] .

Today, I want to share, with you, a tip about changing the default download location in Chrome. When you download files from the internet, using the Google Chrome web browser, you will automatically be directed to download the file(s) to a default download folder (or directory). This is OK with most people; however, if you are a customization geek, like myself, then you may want to change the default download settings to something that is more satisfying and manageable.

To change the default download location in Google Chrome:

  • Click on the “Wrench” image in the top right corner of the browser and a drop down menu will appear.
  • On the dropdown menu, click on “ Options” and a “Google Chrome Options” window will appear.
  • At the top of the “Google Chrome Options Window”, click on the tab, “Under The Hood”.
  • On the right side of that window use the scrollbar to scroll down to the “Downloads” section.

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  • Under the “Downloads” section, you are provided option to change the “Download Location” by using the “Browse” button.
  • I also recommend that you click on the small box (to place a check mark) that will prompt Chrome to “ask where to save each file before downloading”.  This way you can change the download location on the fly, if need be.
  • Click on the “Close” button when finished.

At anytime you desire to return to the default settings, simply follow these instruction to get to the “Google Chrome Options” and click on the “Under The Hood” tab and then the “Reset To Defaults” button”.

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9 Responses to Google Chrome: How to Change the Default Download Location

  1. dinu says:

    thanks :) cool tip !

    • Ramblinrick says:

      Dinu,

      Thanks for visiting What’s On My PC… I am a regular visitor to chromestory.com.

      Great site with a lot of useful information about Google Chrome. Readers, I encourage you to pay the site a visit.

      Rick

  2. ileaneb says:

    Hi Rick,

    Thanks for this tip. I know that there’s a lot of good stuff hiding behind that little wrench. I’m going to change my download location asap.

    @Ileane

  3. Adrian says:

    Rumours are that the new IE9 will be even faster than Chrome. Pity that it doesn’t support XP, which means that about 50% of computer population won’t be able to use it.

    What do you think?

  4. pochp says:

    That was great help again Rick.
    Most of my Chrome downloads don’t work.
    Maybe now all would work. Thanks!

  5. Ramblinrick says:

    Pochp,

    Thank you… I hope this tip helps!

    Rick

  6. John T. Gerlosky says:

    Good tip. However, there is no “Options” to select for the “Google Chrome Options” window when I click on the wrench tool in the top right corner of the browser. I am using the tested out version of Google Chrome that you suggested. Your comments please.

    • Ramblinrick says:

      John,

      You are correct in your observation… Been awhile back since I wrote that post and Chrome has changed (which I am finding it constantly does). To get to that option, you click on the wrench, click on settings (no longer called options), then when the setting load, go to the bottom and click on “Advanced Settings”. There is an option to change the download location in the “advanced settings”… Thanks for pointing this out. I may do another post on this.

      Rick

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