Microsoft Edge, the replacement for Internet Explorer, is one of the prominent new features introduced with Windows 10. While the Edge browser is faster than popular web browsers in many areas, the new browser from Microsoft lacks many important options and settings.
Those of you who have been using Edge as the primary browser and those of you who have used Edge for a while will know that there is no setting to change the default download folder in Edge. As you know, all files downloaded using Edge are saved in Downloads folder. In order to change the default download location in Edge, one has to manually edit the Registry.
The easy way to change default download folder in Edge
The good news is that you no longer need to open Registry in order to change the default download folder of Edge in Windows 10. Microsoft has finally added a setting under Edge advanced settings to change the default download folder. Those of you running Windows 10 Anniversary Update build 14316 or above (see how to check your Windows 10 build number) can now easily change download location in Edge browser.
If for any reason, you want to change the default download folder in Edge, please follow the given below directions.
Step 1: Open Edge browser. Click More (…) and then click Settings to open Settings pane.
Step 2: Scroll down, and then click View advanced settings.
Step 3: Under Downloads section, click the Change button, and then select a folder where you would like to save downloaded files. That’s it!
Tip: Under Advanced settings of Edge, there is an option to stop Edge from asking to select a folder each time downloading a file. Turn off Ask me what to do with each download option to automatically save the downloaded file in the default download folder.
If the drive where Windows 10 is installed filling up fast, you can easily move Downloads folder to another drive to free up significant amount of free space.