How to Set a New Default Download Folder for Edge

Posted by Matthew on July 29, 2016

Edge is Microsoft’s latest browser that has replaced Internet Explorer. One thing to note about Edge is that it doesn’t include any built-in option for you to select alternative default download folders. The browser saves things to the Downloads folder by default, but you can alter that by editing the registry.

Open the Registry Editor in Windows 10 with Run. You can open Run with the Win + R hotkey. Enter ‘regedit’ into its text box and press Return to open the Registry Editor window.

Then navigate to registry key with the sidebar. Go to this registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \ Classes \ Local Settings \Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ AppContainer \ Storage \ microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe \ MicrosoftEdge \ Main. Select the Main subkey as shown in the snapshot below.

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Next, set up a new string value. To do so, you should right-click an empty space on the right of the window and click New > String Value. Enter ‘Default Download Directory’ for its title.edge folder2

Now double-click Default Download Directory to open the Edit String window shown in the shot below. There you should enter the path of the new default download folder in the Value data text box. Open the new download folder in File Explorer, and then copy and paste its path from the address bar into the Value data box with Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V.

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Then click OK to close the Edit String window. Close the Registry Editor, and open the Edge browser. Now software downloaded with Edge will save in the new default folder you configured it to with the Registry Editor. You can always edit the folder by entering an alternative path for it in the Default Download Directory Edit String window.

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