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How to Find the File I Downloaded in My Browser?

The instructions below will show you how to download and find your file from different browsers.   In some browsers the file can be Run directly from the download but in other browsers the file must be saved and then run.

1. Chrome

Windows 7 (Chrome version 47)

1.1. Download a File in Chrome

Download a File in Chrome

In Chrome, after clicking on the link to download a file, the following options will be to:

  1. Click the drop-down arrow to view your download options.
  2. Click Open to extract the current file.
  3. Click Show in folder to view the current and other downloaded files.

1.2. Find the Default Download Folder in Chrome

Find the Default Download Folder in Chrome

To open the default download folder once a file is downloaded:

  1. Click the menu button.
  2. Click Downloads.

You will be able to view your downloaded files from this location.

2. Internet Explorer or Edge

Windows 10 or Windows 7 (IE version 11)

2.1. Download a File in Internet Explorer

Download a File in Internet Explorer

In Internet Explorer, after clicking on the link to download a file, a popup will appear towards the bottom of the browser where you will have the option to:

  1. Click Run to extract the file.
  2. Click Save to expand the option to:
  • Select Save to save the file in the default browser location,
  • Select Save as to redirect the file to save the file to a specific location, or
  • Select Save and run to save and extract the file.

2.2. Find the Default Download Folder in Internet Explorer

Find the Default Download Folder in Internet Explorer

To open the default download folder once a file is downloaded:

  1. Click the tools icon, the gear at the top right of the browser next to Favorites
  2. Click View downloads.

You will be able to view your downloaded files from this location.

3. Firefox

Windows 7 (Firefox version 42)

3.1. Download a File in Firefox

Download a File in Firefox

In Firefox, after clicking on the link to download a file:

Click Save File.

3.2. Find the Default Download Folder in Firefox

Find the Default Download Folder in Firefox

To open the default download folder once a file is downloaded:

  1. Click the download arrow.
  2. Select the file you want to open.
  3. Click Show All Downloads, where you will be able to view your downloaded files.

4. Safari

Mac OSX Yosemite (10.10) (Safari version 9)

4.1. Download a File in Safari

Download a File in Safari

In Safari, after clicking on the link to download a file:

  1. Click the download button.
  2. Click  Downloads to extract the file.

4.2. Find the Default Download Folder in Safari

Find the Default Download Folder in Safari

To open the default download folder once a file is downloaded:

  1. Click File.
  2. Click Open File...

You will be able to view your downloaded files from this location.

5. Microsoft Edge

Windows 10

5.1. Download a File in Edge

Download a File in Edge

After clicking on the link to download a file, a popup will appear at the bottom of the browser where you can:

  1. Click Run to extract the file.
  2. Click Save to save the file.
  3. Click Cancel to cancel the download.

Save options:

  • Select Save to save the file in the default download folder.
  • Select Save as to save the file in another location.

5.2. Find the Default Download Folder in Edge

Find the Default Download Folder in Edge

At the bottom of the browser, click Open folder.

You will be able to view your downloaded files from this location.