How To Choose Where Downloaded Files Are Saved

When you download a file in Safari, the file is saved in the default location, usually the Downloads folder. You can select any location as the default in Safari Preferences. You can also have Safari ask you each time you download a file and then you can select the location and even change the filename. You can also bring up the context menu in most cases and decide whether to use the default location or a specific location each time.

Comments: 6 Responses to “How To Choose Where Downloaded Files Are Saved”

    Lynne
    5 months ago

    excellent tutorial — I’ve been a Mac user for 20+ years and didn’t know that – how did I miss it, LOL?? thanks.

    Lynne
    5 months ago

    guess I commented too soon – after commenting on your above tutorial, I decided to try it and there is no option to set where files are downloaded! I’m on a Macbook Pro, 1 TB HD, OS Sierra (the latest update)…. no option to to a screenshot here? suggestions? thanks

    5 months ago

    Lynne: Post a screen grab to imgr.com if you like. Or just tell me what steps you are using. Are you following along with the video?

    Phil
    5 months ago

    I recently moved my downloads folder to my iCloud Drive because I wanted to be able to access all downloaded files in this folder from different Macs. Safari stopped downloading files, even though I had remapped the downloads path in Safari’s Pref. to the Downloads folder in the iCloud Drive. I had to create another Downloads folder under my user account to get Safari to download files. Any ideas how I can get Safari to recognize the Downloads folder in my iCloud Drive as a valid destination?

    5 months ago

    Phil: Not sure why it isn’t working for you. Just try setting it to that folder you created again.

    Shirley
    5 months ago

    I have set downloads to go to my desktop in Safari Preferences now in Mojave I have to confirm that location each time. Is there some way to make it automatic?

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