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Prompt Where to Save Downloaded Files

SUMMARY: Have Google Chrome ask you where to save downloaded files instead of placing them in a default location.

By default, Google Chrome places all downloaded files in a "Downloads" directory underneath your main user folder. For example, if your username is "John" and you are running Windows 7, downloads are placed in the folder: C:\Users\John\Downloads.

While many people may find this location acceptable and appreciate Google Chrome downloading files immediately without an added dialog box, power users may wish to be prompted every time a file is to be downloaded. This way you can choose where to place each file, putting movies in one folder, games in another, and utilities in yet another folder, for example.

1. Click on the tools button in the toolbar (it looks like a wrench), selecting "Settings". Or you could type the following URL into your browser:


2. When the "Settings" tab open, scroll down (if needed) and click "Show advanced settings".

3. Continue scrolling down if needed. Underneath "Downloads", check "Ask where to save each file before downloading".

Configuring Google Chrome to prompt before downloading files

4. Close the "Settings" tab when done.

This tip was updated for Google Chrome v19.0.1084.52 running on a Windows 7 machine. Features, information, and screenshots may differ between versions and operating systems.

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