Change Windows 10 Downloads Folder Location

Introduction

A few days ago I wrote an article on how Windows 10 might be deleting files from your downloads folder.

On that same subject, if not tweaked, it’s good to know that Windows will also keep all your downloaded files in the C: drive (or system drive), usually under “C:\Users\[Username]\Downloads”. It is, in my opinion, an excellent idea to change the Windows 10 downloads folder location to a location other than your system drive.

Nowadays, it’s very easy to lose control of our downloads and how much space they are taking up on our hard drives. With the rise of SSDs, meaning, some times, less space available on the C: drive and with no internet traffic limits and faster – much faster – downloading speeds, downloading stopped being a problem. Just to give you a small example, a Windows 10 ISO download is around 3,5GB! This is how easily our discs can fill up and we will not even notice!

So, in this small tutorial I’m going to show you how to…

 

Change Windows 10 Downloads Folder Location

Create the new Downloads folder

The first step is to create the new downloads folder, preferably on a non system drive. For example:

Change Windows 10 Downloads Folder Location

 

Change the Downloads folder location

Now click on “This PC” (1), where you’ll find the special system folders. Locate the “Downloads“(2) folder and right-click it. Select “Properties” (3).

Change Windows 10 Downloads Folder Location

 

Find the “Location” (1) tab and click the button “Move” (2).

Change Windows 10 Downloads Folder Location

 

Browse to the location where you have created the new downloads folder (1), select it (2) and click onSelect Folder” (3).

Change Windows 10 Downloads Folder Location

 

Confirming the change

Back at the “Downloads Properties” window, click on “OK“.

Change Windows 10 Downloads Folder Location

 

A new window will pop-up requesting to confirm the change. If you’re sure about moving the Downloads folder to the new location, click on “Yes”.

Change Windows 10 Downloads Folder Location

 

And that’s it! All your downloads are now in the new location and new ones will be downloaded there.

 

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