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    Move Location of Downloads Folder in Windows 10

    Move Location of Downloads Folder in Windows 10

    How to Move Your Downloads Folder Location in Windows 10
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    13 Apr 2018
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    How to Move Your Downloads Folder Location in Windows 10

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    By default, Windows stores your personal Downloads folder in your account's %UserProfile% folder (ex: "C:\Users\Brink").

    In addition, most web browsers will save downloads to your Downloads folder by default.

    You can change where files in this Downloads folder are stored to another place on the hard drive, another drive, or another computer on the network.

    This tutorial will show you how to move the default location of your Downloads folder to where you want in Windows 10.



    Here's How:

    1. If you haven't already, you will need to create a new folder named Downloads at the location (ex: "E:" ) you want to move your personal Downloads folder to. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Open This PC in File Explorer (Win+E), right click on your Downloads folder, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If you don't see the Downloads folder in This PC, then you can also click/tap on the icon in the address bar of File Explorer, type shell:Downloads into the address bar, and press Enter to open your Downloads folder no matter where it may be located.

    You can then right click or press and hold on an empty area in your Downloads folder, and click/tap on Properties.


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    3. Click/tap on the Location tab, and click/tap on the Move button. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Browse to and select the Downloads folder at the location (ex: "E:\Downloads" ) from step 1, and click/tap on Select Folder. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click/tap on OK to apply. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Click/tap on Yes to move all the files from the old location to the new location. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Your personal Downloads folder and all of its contents will now be moved to the new location (ex: "E:\Downloads" ). (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    06 Jan 2018 #1

    Thanks for the helpful tutorial. I had done this on my previous W7 machine and then on my new W10 machine fine. On the W10 machine I created a new partition drive, L, and moved my user folders inside a folder with my name (Ruekberg) on it in that location (left programs and OS on C). Worked great.

    However, today I realized the drive letter L would not work (already had L on an external backup drive). So using Computer Management, I changed the drive letter to K. Unfortunately, user folder icons in "Quick Access" and "This PC" do not work. I get an error message "L:\Ruekberg\Documents is unavailable." Same with all user folders.

    I tried changing the location of the user folders using the above method, but when I click "Apply" I get the error:

    "An error occured applying attributes to the file:
    L:\Ruekberg\Documents
    The system cannot find the path specified."

    Options are to ignore, try again, cancel. I cancelled.

    You're a genius, Brink, I know you will know a simple fix for this one! Thanks in advance.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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       06 Jan 2018 #2

    Hello druekberg, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    You'll need to change the drive letter of the external backup drive to another letter than "L" or "K" first.

    Next change the partition's drive letter from "K" back to "L" for Windows to be able to find the paths again.

    If the backup drive must stay as "L", then after the above, move your folder back to "C" temporarily, sort the drive letters how you want them, then move the folder to where you want it.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    06 Jan 2018 #3

    Okay, that makes sense, and seems the simplest solution. Thanks for the lightning-fast reply!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 29,386
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
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       06 Jan 2018 #4

    You're most welcome. Please let us know how it went.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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