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Read the article that everyone's commenting on.
Note that you don't have to pull down the dropdown list for the directory tree to find the full path. Simply hover the mouse over the arrow, and a tooltip will pop up showing the full path. (This is quicker than opening the dropdown on systems with numerous network connections.)
Make a directory "Downloads" and put them all in it.
Safer still if you have more than one partition create a 'Download' on a partition as far away from C: as possible. That way if you need to reinstall on C: sometime you still have the downloads intact, useful if you haven't backed up your downloads.... Haven't tried downloading to a cd/dv/rw but is another option perhaps?
Interesting article. Thanks for the info. Question: The right half of your explorer window is divided into these different categories--Files, Drives, Devices, etc. How did you get this kind of a display? The right half of my Explorer window just shows the folders within the folder highlighted on the left. I searched through your previous Explorer questions/answers and couldn't find an explanation for this.
Typically, I specify the specific folder for ALL my downloads.
Occasionally, I am not allowed to make any choices, and it downloads automatically to a "temp" folder.
I recently was given 20 free downloadable music tracks by a magazine I subscribe to. When I looked for the files, they are NOT in the Temp Internet Folder, and I can't find them in any other folder.
I can play these tracks only out of the "recent" tracks in my media player.
Then, I disconnected from the Internet, and they wouldn't play. So, I suspect that even though I was told the were "downloading" onto my hard drive, I think they were not, and they are ONLY contained on a server.
Did I download them, or was I mislead into thinking that they would download?
I'm already familiar with all the techniques in this article. But I have a related question. I frequently download many files from the web in a session and save them to specific local or network folders from Internet Explorer (or from Microsoft Word or Acrobat, etc. if I open them first). How can I get either application to remember the last folder used in the Save As dialog? It defaults to My Documents every time and I have to relocate the folder over and over.
I've read the article and tried to print it out to no avail. I am just starting to understand my computer and your print outs are invaluable. Please, how can I download a file from My Documents to C Drive?
Ever since I can remember, I have created a folder called Downloads (c:\downloads) and thats where everything goes from downloads, to pictures, to saved emails, and so on.
You might want to point out where other browsers download by default - Firefox uses the Desktop. I use the Opera browser and been using it so long I forget where they set up the default download folder. My is set for c:\downloads...of course.
Everything stays there until I get a chance to save it to my CD-RWs.
A great way to find files you have downloaded is to use the "Everything" utility. It will start with a list of all files, then you type in whatever characters you are seeking, and the list will shrink to show only file names containing those characters.
i recently had ..clean my mac' clean my mini mac
i don't see any downloads / documents when i finally figured out where to go??
did i erase them ??huumm
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