How to Specify Default Download Directory in Internet Explorer

You may want to specify the default download directory in Internet Explorer. This is useful for those who always perform download using Internet Explorer. Just follow the steps below and you will set the default download directory for Internet Explorer:-


  • Go to Start -> Run -> type regedit and enter
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Internet Explorer
  • Create a new String value with key Download Directory and set the value to a valid directory (ex: C:\Download) * if this key already exists, just modify the value
  • Congratulation! You have just specify your Internet Explorer default download directory

To take immediate effect of your default download directory, logoff or restart your windows.

Important Note: This tutorial teach you how to modify the ms windows registry. Modifying the registry can cause serious problems to your computer. Make sure to back up the registry before you modify it. If problem happen you need to know how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. Use this tutorial at your own risk.

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One Response to “How to Specify Default Download Directory in Internet Explorer”

  1. paul says:

    Doesn’t work here? Followed instuctions exactly. IE8 continues to ask where I want to dowload the file to.

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