How to Delete All Downloads on Computer

By Dustin Lamb

You can free up space on your computer's hard drive by deleting files you have downloaded through your Web browser in the past. If you downloaded a great number of files, the Downloads folder can actually take up a significant amount of storage space. Some program installers also take up a lot of space. You can delete these files easily, though. Downloads made through Internet Explorer and other browsers, such as Firefox and Chrome, can be quickly deleted.

Step 1

Click "Start," and then "Computer" on the right. Click "Downloads" on the upper left of the window that opened.

Step 2

Press "Ctrl" and "A" to select all the downloaded files. Click a specific file if you do not want to delete all the downloads. Press "Delete," and click "Yes." This will delete files downloaded with Internet Explorer.

Step 3

Click "Documents" on the left of the window and double click "Downloads." If you do not have this folder, skip to the next step. Press "Ctrl" and "A" to select all the downloaded files or just click the file you want to delete. Press "Delete," and click "Yes." This will delete downloads from browsers, such as Firefox and Chrome.

Step 4

Go to the Desktop and right-click the "Recycle Bin." Click "Empty Recycle Bin." The downloads on your computer have been deleted.

Tips & Warnings

  • These steps will delete files from the default Download locations for Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox. If you have modified the Download folder location, just open the folder you are using and delete the download files from there. Then, empty the Recycle Bin.