How to Set the Download Folder for IE

By R.L. Cultrona

Internet Explorer is one of the most powerful web browsers available. This comes from Microsoft learning from its mistakes in earlier versions and changing their browser in each subsequent version. One of the features they have not added, however, is the ability to change the location on your computer where files are downloaded. If you are confident with a little bit of computer programming, changing the download directory is quite simple.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet Explorer

Step 1

Click on the "Start" button at the bottom left corner of the screen. Click on the "Run" command.

Step 2

In the box provided, type "regedit" to open your registry editor. You may need to give the computer permission to open the editor by clicking "Continue."

Step 3

Double-click "HKEY_CURRENT_USER," and then double-click "Software" to open a list of software makers on the left-hand side of the screen.

Step 4

Double-click "Microsoft" for a list of Microsoft programs, and then double-click on "Internet Explorer" for a list of areas you can edit.

Step 5

In the right frame of the registry editor, double-click on "Download Directory" to open the "Edit String" box. In the text box under "Value Data," type the new folder you want your downloads to go to. When you have finished, click "OK." Close the registry editor.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a directory that is easy to get to for your downloads. You don't want to download something and then not be able to find it.
  • The registry controls how the computer actually works and what instructions it needs to follow. Don't edit anything else unless you are sure of how the changes are going to affect the computer.