Are you someone who uses the Internet constantly to find information and ownload documents that you find
useful? I am. One challenge I see people run
into is that as they use different browsers
to search the Internet, these browsers have
different locations where they download doc-
uments. This can make it difficult to
find a downloaded document, which
also uses up valuable time.
This month’s tip makes use of a
download folder, which you can set
up to download documents from your
browser into this designated location.
Setting up your browsers to download to your folder of choice makes it easy to
find your downloaded files. I will describe
how to set up download folders in two popular browsers. If I don’t describe the browser
you are using, you may find that it is set up
very similarly to those that I review.
Download folder setup
First create a folder somewhere on your
computer where you want your browser
or browsers to download files. The folder I
use is located right on my desktop for easy
access. However, you can designate any folder
To set up Internet Explorer (IE) to download
to the folder you created, first open an IE
window. Go to “Tools” on the menu bar and
select “View Downloads.” This will open a
dialogue box where you will see the word
“Options.” Select “Options” and you will see
another dialogue box where you can browse
to your download folder so that it becomes the
default location for downloaded files.
To set up Google Chrome (GC) to download
to the folder you created, first open a GC
window. Click on the three vertical dots that
appear all the way to the right at the top.
Click on “Settings” and then click on “Show
advanced settings” located at the bottom
of the window. You will see a section titled
“Downloads” which allows you to change
the location for downloaded files to your
Check your Internet policy
When considering making these changes, also
make sure to check your organization’s policy
on downloading files from the Internet. Some
organizations have liberal policies on what
you can download from the Internet, whereas
others may be much more restrictive.
Setting up a download
folder for Internet use
by Frank Ruelas
Frank Ruelas ( email@example.com) is a Facility Compliance Professional
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Setting up your browsers to
download to your folder of
choice makes it easy to find
your downloaded files.