How to Change the Location of your Download Folder

If your main C drive is filling up then you can reclaim some valuable space by moving your default download folder to another drive or partition. Indeed, many systems with large disks are supplied with the main disk partitioned into two logical disks, C: and D: and I often visit clients where their C: drive is full but the D: drive unused.

To change the location of your download folder first create a new Downloads folder on any drive other than C: (the second partition, usually D: is ideal if you have one)

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Click on the Settings Cog at top right
  • Click on View Downloads


  • Click setting (bottom left)


  • Click Browse


  • Now browse to your new Downloads folder created above
  • Click Select Folder
  • Click OK and you’re done.

From now on Internet Downloads will be sent to this new folder.

To reclaim that used space remember to delete the contents of the old downloads folder or move them to the new downloads folder if still needed.


Taff Lovesey (fantasy novels)

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Author of the young adult fantasy novel series, The Portal Chronicles, including The Spider Gem and The Shimmering Gate. When not writing and promoting Taff runs a small IT support company, LITES PC based in Bourne UK.
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