Whenever you download something using Internet Explorer, it gets saved in the Downloads Folder of the User Account. In case you want to, you can easily change this default behavior of Internet Explorer and save downloads to your desktop or any other location on your computer.
Download Folder Location in Internet Explorer
By default, Internet Explorer saves anything that you download while browsing the internet to the Downloads Folder of the User Account that you are in.
There is really no problem in case you are used to this setup and like the idea of everything being downloaded from the internet to Internet Explorer’s default Downloads Folder location.
However, if you are like me, you may want to see the downloads readily available on the desktop, from where they can be moved to their respective folders like Photos, Videos, PDF Files and so on.
Change Download Location in Internet Explorer
1. Open Internet Explorer browser on your computer and click on the wheel shaped tools button located at the top right corner of your screen (See image below).
2. From the drop-down menu, click on View Downloads option.
3. In the View Downloads window, click on the Options link located at the bottom left corner of your screen (See image below).
4. In the Download Options window, you can either type the full path to the new location that you want to save downloads to, or click on Browse to find the target location on your computer.
5. Clicking on the Browse button will allow you to pick any new default file download location. In this case, let us click on Desktop (See image below)
6. After selecting Desktop, Click on OK to make your Computer’s Desktop as the new default file downloads location for Internet Explorer.
From now on, anything that you download from the internet while using Internet Explorer will be downloaded to your computer’s Desktop.
After the download completes, you can move the downloaded files, images, songs, movies etc to their respective folders like Music, Images etc that you may have created to manage downloads on your computer.