How to Find Recent Downloads on a Personal PC

By Charlie Higgins

At times you may need to find the most recently downloaded files on your PC. Luckily, most browsers store their files in one default folder, to save you searching for that file you just downloaded. The most widely used browsers, Firefox and Internet Explorer, both save downloads to this default folder unless a different location is specified. You can find your most recent downloads by simply navigating to this folder.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox

For Internet Explorer Users

Step 1

Click “Star," "My Computer," "C Drive," "Users," "Your Name" and "Downloads.” This is the default folder that Internet Explorer saves download to.

Step 2

Check to see if there is a heading labeled “Date Created.” If there is no Date Created column, right-click the "Name" heading and select “Date Created.” The Date Created column will now appear next to the Name column.

Step 3

Click the "Date Created" heading to display the most recently downloaded files at the top of the window. Browse the files at the top of the list to see the most recent downloads.

For Mozilla Firefox Users

Step 1

Open Firefox,

Step 2

Click "Tools" and then "Downloads."

Step 3

Browse the downloads window to see the most recent files. Downloaded files are automatically displayed with the most recent downloads at the top.