How to Set Downloads to the Desktop

By Quinten Plummer

If you've ever struggled to quickly access a downloaded file because your download folder was buried deep within a directory, then you understand just how important it is to have your web browser's download folder conveniently located. And by setting your computer's desktop as your web browser's default download location, you can ensure that your downloads are always in reach.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Step 1

Start Internet Explorer. Click on the program's "Tools" option, denoted by a cog icon, and then select the "View download" option from the "Tools" menu.

Step 2

Click on the "Options" button in the "View Downloads" menu, and then click on the "Browse" button in the "Download Options" menu.

Step 3

Click on the "Desktop" icon in the file explorer window that appears. Click on the "Select Folder" button in the file explorer window to make your desktop your default download location.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Launch Firefox. Click on the browser's "Firefox" button. Highlight the "Option" heading in the "Firefox" menu.

Step 2

Click on the "General" button in the "Options" menu. Click on the "Save files to" bubble, and then click on the "Browse" button adjacent to the heading.

Step 3

Navigate up the "Browse For Folder" window to the "Desktop" option, and then click on it. Click "OK" to make your desktop the default location for your downloads.

Google Chrome

Step 1

Open Google Chrome. Click on Chrome's "" button, the wrench icon, and then click on the "Options" heading.

Step 2

Click on the "Under the Hood" heading in the "Options" menu. Click on the "Change" button, located next to the "Download Location" field. The "Browse for Folder" window will appear.

Step 3

Scroll up to the "Desktop" option in the "Browse For Folder" window. Click on the "Desktop" option and then click "OK" to set it as your default download location.