Force ya browser to ask where to save your downloads

by | Jun 28, 2022 | File Management

Ever felt overwhelemed by downloads folder chock-a-block full of files?

This sneaky hack allows you to choose where to save each and every file you download. The five seconds extra it takes has saved me so much time and headspace since I discovered it 12 months ago. And it takes less than a minute to set up! 

The video shows you how to update this setting in Chrome, but scroll down for the options for other browsers!


  1. Go to Chrome > Preferences…
  2. Select ‘Downloads’ from the side menu
  3. Toggle ‘Ask where to save each file before downloading’ to on


  1. Go to Safari > Preferences…
  2. Select ‘General’ tab from the top menu
  3. In the ‘File Download location’ dropdown, change to ‘Ask for each download’.


  1. Go to Opera > Preferences…
  2. Scroll all the way to the bottom and select ‘Advanced’.
  3. Scroll down to the ‘Downloads’ section.
  4. Toggle on ‘Ask where to save each file before downloading’


  1. Go to ‘Firefox’ and select ‘Preferences…’
  2. In the General panel, scroll down to ‘Files & Applications
  3. Under ‘Downloads’ toggle on ‘Always ask where to save files’.


  1. In Microsoft Edge  Settings and more  > Settings .
  2. Select Downloads , and then, in the Location area, select Change.
  3. Here you’ll find the option to have Microsoft Edge ask where to save each file before downloading.

Sarah Linklater

Hello! I’m a graphic designer from Melbourne, Australia, and I’ve been operating a graphic and web design business called Slinky Did It for the past 10 years. I started Designer Admin because I noticed that while there is a whole lotta very talented designers in our industry, the admin side of the business isn’t everyone’s forte. After all, we didn’t become designers because we were good at writing invoices and managing clients! I strongly believe that if you have strong business foundations in place, your projects will run more smoothly and you will have more time and headspace to focus on the creative side of your business. So... let's admin!