How to View Recent Downloads in Windows 10? Find the Download Folder

Here is a quick guide based on a commonly asked question by new Windows 10 users, where are my downloads from the Internet? Mainly when someone uses Internet Explorer 11 or  Edge browser with other web browsers and 3rd party download management programs, they all give more confusion. Here is the answer and we show you how to view recent downloads in Windows 10.

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 the downloads under Downloads folder in Windows 10 and 8.1 if you have not changed to a different location before starting the download. Each Windows user has 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

If you have downloaded a file from Internet Explorer or later versions, 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 recent downloads from Internet Explorer settings and search for the file. 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 like below.

Files and folders

How to View Downloads in Edge (or Latest Chromium) Browser

To view the recent downloads in Edge browser or the latest Chromium-based Edge, open the Hub in Edge as shown below.

View Downloads In Edge

Hub in Edge contains many aspects, such as favourites, history and some more including the Downloads location, click on the Downloads tab to view the recent downloads. If you have a wider screen and you like to keep the Hub opened 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.

Also, clicking the three dots in Edge browser will give the option to view the downloads.

Download Location In Latest Chromium Edge

In Google Chrome on Windows 10/8.1

To view downloads in Google Chrome with Windows 10 or 8.1, click on the three dots (customise 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 standard Downloads folder.

In Chrome Settings

As you understand that most of the popular web browsers save the content from the Internet to the same default Downloads folder under each user profiles, directly accessing that folder will allow you to see the all downloaded files from the Internet with any web browsers.

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Mostly the antivirus program which is running on your computer will scan these downloads after or during the 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.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

2 thoughts on “How to View Recent Downloads in Windows 10? Find the Download Folder”

  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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