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Well! Losing track of the downloaded files in your web browser is a common thing. The location of your downloaded files varies depending on your browser.

In most cases, your web browser saves your downloaded files in the Downloads folder in the User profile folder on your PC.

You can download many things from the browser to your computer including images, videos and of course apps. In some of the browsers, they’ll ask you to select the location where you want to save your downloaded files on your computer.

Whereas, some of the downloaded files are directly stored to a particular drive of your computer.

In this post, we’ll guide you on how to search the downloaded files on your computer.

Where to Find the Downloaded Files on Your PC?

We have listed all the methods to find your downloaded files on your Microsoft Windows and Mac computers. Let’s get started.

1. Use Shortcut Keys to Find Browser Downloads

One of the most convenient methods to view browser downloads on both Windows and Mac is using the shortcut keys. Press and hold Ctrl + J keys on Windows or Command + J keys on Mac in your browser.

A Download window opens up, and here you can see the status of your downloaded files. You can also check if the downloads are still in progress and the completed downloaded files.

In the Downloads list window of your browser, double-click on the file to make it run and click the folder icon to view the downloaded file’s folder.

For example- You have to clickthe“Showin folder” button on your Chrome browser in your computer.

Use Shortcut Keys to Find Browser Downloads

The shortcut keys method is our favorite method as it works in both Windows and Mac. It views your recent downloads in all the popular browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Edge and even Internet Explorer.

2. To View Downloads in Windows

You can view your downloaded files in the complete Windows version using the same methods. Let’s check them out-

  • Using Your Web Browser

Most of the browsers save your downloaded files in the Downloads folder in your User profile folder in your Windows PC.  You can even change the download location in your browser Settings or options.

  • In the File Explorer Window

Another easy way to find your browser downloads is to open File Explorer. Here’s how-

  •     Press Windows + E keys

Alternatively, you can open it by hitting the File Explorer button in the Taskbar.

  •  Now, in the File Explorer window, click on the Downloads icon (to the left pane of the window)

To View Downloads in Windows

The list of all the downloaded files and folders appears on the Downloads window in the File Explorer. You can search for the file from the list by typing the name of the file in the search bar (to the top-right). We suggest you create a shortcut of your Downloads window to your Desktop.

3. To View Browser Downloads in Mac

One of the easiest ways to find browser downloads in Mac is by open the finder app. For those who don’t know, Finder is a macOS application that helps you to manage files, folders, and other relatable items. Here’s how to use Finder-

  • Open Finder application
  • Go to the File option and select New Finder Window and open the Downloads folder

All your recent downloads will show up in the Downloads folder. Search for the file you want to view and click on it to open it.

That’s all! You can now easily find your browser downloads files on your computer with these simple and easy steps. However, the fastest way is the shortcut keys method. You can even permanently save all the future downloads in one folder by changing its location in the Browser Settings.


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