How to View Downloads in Windows 10, 8.1, Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome Browsers- Where Are My Downloads?

Here is a simple and quick guide based on a commonly asked question by new Windows 10 or 8.1 users, where are my downloads from the Internet? Especially when someone uses Internet Explorer 11 and Edge browser with other web browsers and download management programs, it gives more confusion. Here is the answer and we show you how to view Downloads in Windows 10 or 8.1.

The download location is mainly decided by the application or web browser you are using to surf the Internet. Most of the programs and internet browsers save your downloads under Downloads folder in Windows 10 and 8.1 if you have not changed to the different location before starting the download. Each Windows user on Windows 10/8.1 will have a separate Downloads folder under their user profile folder.

Here is the default location of Downloads folder in Windows 10

how to View Downloads in Windows 10

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If you have downloaded a file from Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 10 or 8.1, by default those files will be saved in the usual Downloads folder located in the user profile folder.

But in case you can’t find them in the usual place, view the downloads from Internet Explorer settings and search for the file and its location. You might have changed the default location while starting the download.

view downloads in IE

Once you clicked the ‘View Downloads”, it will show the recent downloads with the saved location. To see the full path, move the cursor above the folder name.

IE Download Location In Windows 10

How to View Downloads in Edge Browser Windows 10

To view the recent downloads in Edge browser, open the Hub in Edge as shown below.

View Downloads In Edge

Hub in Edge contains many aspects, such as favorites, history and some more including Downloads, click on the Downloads tab to view the recent downloads. If you have a wider screen and you need to keep the Hub open all the time, you can pin it.  If you click on the “Open folder”, it will open the same “Downloads” folder under your user profile.

In Google Chrome on Windows 10/8.1

To view downloads in Google Chrome with Windows 10 or 8.1, click on the 3 dots (customize and control of Chrome browser) and Downloads.  It will show the history of downloads from the Chrome browser. Clicking on the “Show Folder” will take you to the same common Downloads folder.

View Downloads In Chrome Windows 10

As you understand that most of the famous web browsers save the downloads from the Internet to the same default Downloads folder under each user profile, accessing that folder directly will allow you to view the all downloaded files from the Internet with any web browsers.


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Mostly the antivirus program running on your computer will scan these downloads after/during download. If they find that these files are harmful or the file extension is in the blocked category, the antivirus program will either delete the file or move it into quarantine folder of Antivirus software. So, if you are sure that you have downloaded a file but not found in the usual place, then better check the log/recent activity of Antivirus software. It might have moved the file to a different location for some security reasons.

2 thoughts on “How to View Downloads in Windows 10, 8.1, Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome Browsers- Where Are My Downloads?”

  1. Thank you, all other answers did not reveal my downloads. …who knew… was hiding in favorites. Lol I have created a shortcut for when I forget again haa haa

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