Q&A: How can I make the Desktop the default download folder in IE 11?

ie-11-logoQuestion from Danny H.:  Hi there Rick. I see that you answer computer questions, so maybe you can help me do something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.

How can I make the Desktop my default download folder in Internet Explorer 11 on my Windows 7 laptop? I only download something every once in a blue moon, but it would be nice not to have to click “Save as” and choose the Desktop every time.

Rick’s answer:  Hi Danny. I too prefer downloading certain types of files to the Desktop instead of the default Downloads folder. Since you like saving ALL of your downloads on the Desktop I can see why you would want to have them saved there by default. Here’s how to set it up:

1 – Launch Internet Explorer and press the Ctrl+J key combination to open the Downloads window.

2 – Click the Options link in the lower left-hand corner of the window.

3 – Click the Browse button.

4 – Select Desktop from the list on the left-hand side of the dialog box.

5 – Click the Select folder button.

6 – Click Ok, then click Close.

That’s all there is to it! From now on all of your downloads will automatically be saved to the Desktop by default.


Do you have a tech question of your own for Rick? Click here and send it in!

Need expert computer help? Click here to read about the services that I provide.

      Check out these Featured Posts...

             • How to automatically save an extra 3% on everything you buy from Amazon

             • 8 tips for building and maintaining a super-fast WordPress blog

             • Should you completely drain your laptop’s battery before recharging it?

             • How to convert a spare internal hard drive into an external USB drive

             • Step-by-step guide to completely ridding your PC of viruses and spyware



Like my tech tips? Subscribe to my weekly newsletter!

Subscribe to the RicksDailyTips Weekly Newsletter to receive my latest tech tips, news and info in a single weekly email. As a subscriber you will also have a chance to win some great tech gear in one of my monthly giveaways!

Not sure? Click here to check out the Newsletter archives.