How to Change the Downloads Folder Location in Windows 11 or 10?

When you install Windows 11 or 10 on your computer, you will find several system folders, including a Downloads folder for your user’s profile. The system uses this Downloads folder to store downloaded documents, pictures, compressed files, and other internet content types.

Furthermore, you can find this Downloads folder in the same partition where you have installed your Windows 11 or 10, usually the “C” drive. Everything works well until the “C” drive has sufficient space. However, when the installation drive is out of storage, the system starts sending notifications to empty the “C” drive. In such a case, you can extend the capacity of the “C” drive by reducing the size of the other drive, or you can move your Downloads folder to another drive to gain space in the “C” partition.

Windows 11 and 10 allow users to move the Downloads folder to any location, including an external drive. If your primary partition (usually a “C” drive) is running low on storage space, you can quickly change the Downloads folder location to a larger drive.

In this growupwindows article, we will guide you on changing the Downloads folder location in Windows 11 and 10.

How to Move the Downloads Folder Location in Windows 11 or 10?

To alter or change the Downloads folder location in Windows 11 or 10, use these steps:-

Step 1. First, open the File Explorer.

To do that, use the Windows + E hotkey.

Alternatively, right-click on the Start button and select File Explorer in the menu.

Step 2. When File Explorer appears on the screen, select the Downloads folder by clicking on it.

Step 3. Then, right-click on Downloads folder and choose the Properties option in the pop-up menu.

Step 4. In the Downloads Properties dialog, switch to the Location tab and click on the Move button.

Step 5. Next, select a new folder you want to set as the default Downloads location. For example, we want to move my default Downloads folder to “F:\New Downloads.” So, we have selected the “New Downloads” folder in the “F” drive.

Step 6. When you’re done, click the Select Folder button.

Step 7. Then, click the Apply button.

Step 8. Select Yes on the Move Folder dialog when it appears. Now Windows 11/10 will start moving all the files and folders to the new location that you have chosen in the above step. Also, when you download a new file from the internet, it will be automatically stored in the new location by default.

Step 9. At last, click the OK button to exit from the Downloads Properties window.

Now, open the new destination folder you have chosen as the default Downloads folder. You will find a “Downloads” folder, and within that, all the previous files are stored that you had downloaded before.

Good luck.

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