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Download a file

To save a file or image on your computer or device, download it. The file will be saved in your default download location.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Go to the web page where you want to download the file.
  3. Save the file:
    • Most files: Click on the download link. Or, right-click on the file and choose Save as.
    • Images: Right-click on the image and choose Save Image As.
    • Videos: Point to the video. Click Download Download. If you can't do this action, the video's owner or hosting site has prevented downloads.
    • PDFs: Right-click on the file and choose Save Link As.
    • Web pages: At the top right, click More More and then More Tools and then Save Page As.
  4. If asked, choose where you want to save the file, then click Save.
    • Executable files (.exe, .dll, .bat): If you trust the file, confirm by clicking Save. If you're not sure about the contents of the download, click Discard. 
  5. When the download finishes, you'll see it at the bottom of your Chrome window. Click the file name to open it.

To find a file on your computer, next to the file name, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then Show in folder. The files that you've downloaded are also listed on your Downloads page.

Pause or cancel a download

  1. At the bottom, find the downloading file that you want to pause or cancel.
  2. Next to the file name at the bottom of your screen, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  3. Click Pause, Resume or Cancel.

See a list of files that you’ve downloaded

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Downloads.
    • To open a file, click its name. It will open in your computer's default application for the file type.
    • To remove a download from your history, to the right of the file, click Remove Remove. The file will be removed from your Downloads page on Chrome, not from your computer.

Change download locations

You can choose a location on your computer into which downloads should be saved by default, or pick a specific destination for each download.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. Under the 'Downloads' section, adjust your download settings:
    • To change the default download location, click Change and select where you'd like your files to be saved.
    • If you'd rather choose a specific location for each download, tick the box next to 'Ask where to save each file before downloading'.

Default download locations

If you didn't change your default download location, Google Chrome downloads files to the following locations.

  • Windows 10, 8, 7 & Vista: \Users\<username>\Downloads
  • Mac: /Users/<username>/Downloads
  • Linux: /home/<username>/Downloads

Megan is a Google Chrome expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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