Windows 10: Move Location of Downloads Folder in Windows 10  

    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
    Published by Category: Customization
    12 Oct 2018
    Designer Media Ltd

    Published by


    Brink's Avatar
    Administrator

    Posts: 33,018

    Show Printable Version 


    How to Move Your Downloads Folder Location in Windows 10


    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.

    It is highly recommended to create a system image backup first to make it easy to undo if you were to make a mistake in the steps below.



    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)

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Move_Downloads_folder_location-1.png 
Views:	2449 
Size:	44.0 KB 
ID:	117262

    2. Open This PC in File Explorer (Win+E), right click on your Downloads folder, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

    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.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Move_Downloads_folder_location-2.png 
Views:	461 
Size:	74.1 KB 
ID:	117263

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

    Name:  Move_Downloads_folder_location-3.png
Views: 21451
Size:  25.9 KB

    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)

    Name:  Move_Downloads_folder_location-4.png
Views: 21460
Size:  34.8 KB

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

    Name:  Move_Downloads_folder_location-5.png
Views: 21291
Size:  22.1 KB

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

    Name:  Move_Downloads_folder_location-6.png
Views: 21363
Size:  19.4 KB

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

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Move_Downloads_folder_location-7.png 
Views:	317 
Size:	45.3 KB 
ID:	117268


    That's it,
    Shawn


    Related Tutorials



  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

  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,018
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
    Thread Starter
       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. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,018
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
    Thread Starter
       06 Jan 2018 #4

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

  5.    1 Week Ago #5

    Brink, do you have an opinion on changing standard windows directories (Downloads, Pictures, etc.) to a OneDrive location? It would make my laptop migrations a lot easier for me but i'm concerned I will get lags and spotty performance due to contention of saving to a cloud folder.

    Thoughts?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    1 Week Ago #6

    I do that, it works well - merging documents pictures etc as per the tutorials. No lag at all and no muddle with where you saving.

    Do backup separately though in case you delete something by mistake as it will be replicated.

    I wouldn't save downloads to OneDrive personally as for me it's a temp folder but your use may be different.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,018
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
    Thread Starter
       1 Week Ago #7

    danrod said: View Post
    Brink, do you have an opinion on changing standard windows directories (Downloads, Pictures, etc.) to a OneDrive location? It would make my laptop migrations a lot easier for me but i'm concerned I will get lags and spotty performance due to contention of saving to a cloud folder.

    Thoughts?

    Hello Dan,

    You can move those folders to OneDrive using the method in this tutorial, and you could use this below for the Documents, Pictures, and Desktop folders instead.

    Turn On or Off Folder Protection with OneDrive in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

Tutorial Categories

Move Location of Downloads Folder in Windows 10 Tutorial Index Network & Sharing Instalation and Upgrade Browsers and Email General Tips Gaming Customization Apps and Features Virtualization BSOD System Security User Accounts Hardware and Drivers Updates and Activation Backup and Restore Performance and Maintenance Xbox Windows Phone


Related Threads
Installation & Upgrade Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10 in Tutorials
How to Move Users Folder to another Location in Windows 10 The method described in this tutorial allows relocating Windows 10 main profile folder Users including all present and future user profiles and folders while installing Windows, before...
Folks, I don't want to move my Users folder. (Kari has an excellent tutorial on that. I did it on a previous system and that's not a solution for me.) My C drive is an SSD and my downloads are at 120GB. Sure, I can move things manually, but...
I used the tutorial to move my user folders to a spare, second drive in my laptop. Now I'm thinking about changing it from a spinner to an SSD and I'm wondering what steps I should be considering, before I make that swap, to preserve my user folders...
How to Move Your Pictures Folder Location in Windows 10 By default, Windows stores your personal Pictures folder in your account's %UserProfile% folder (ex: "C:\Users\Brink"). You can change where files in this Pictures folder are stored...
Short version: I'm getting an error message when I attempt to move my Documents folder to a new location (same volume):The folder can't be moved here...The filename or extension is too long (see attachment). Longer version: I want to move my...

Tags for this Thread

Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:15.
Find Us