How to Change the Default Download Folder in Google Chrome

Bryan Clark 29-10-2015

By default, Google Chrome downloads all files from the web to the Downloads folder. This works fine for most users, but if you want to change it — or if you prefer Chrome to ask you every time — it’s a quick enough fix.


Start by clicking the hamburger menu — the icon at the top right with three horizontal lines — to bring up the dropdown. Click Settings > Show advanced settings and then scroll until you get to the Downloads area.

Here you’ll see a field displaying your current download location. Click the Change… button to select a new one:


If you prefer Chrome to ask you where to put files, you can check the Ask where to save each file before downloading box.

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  1. Anonymous
    November 1, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Sorry, Slightly Unrelated.

    Do You Know Any Extension That Allows Bookmarks To Always Be Open In A New Tab, Without Any Exceptions, Whatsoever ?

    Thank You.

    • Bryan Clark
      November 1, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Like a pinned tab?

      • Anonymous
        November 2, 2015 at 6:16 am


        When You Left Click A Bookmark Button, It Always Overwrites The Tab That Is On Focus, At The Moment.

        Is There An Extension, That Forces Bookmarks To Be Open In A Completely New Tab, Instead Of Messing With The Tabs That Are Already Open ?

        Thank You For Responding.