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Manage Download Settings in Firefox on your Computer

Need to change the download folder and settings in Firefox on your computer? Learn how to customize download settings and designate a specific folder.

Firefox browser has a built-in download manager and has a few options to customize download settings.

We can change the location or folder where we want to download the files to be stored or let the browser ask where to save every time a file is downloaded.

It also lets us view and delete download history records from the browser.

Configure Download Settings on Firefox browser

In this guide, we have shared the steps to manage the download location and settings in the Mozilla Firefox browser on a computer.

Changing Download Location or Folder in Firefox on a Computer

By default, Firefox and every other browser are set to save the online downloaded files within the Download folder in the system. Fortunately, Firefox lets you choose the location of your files as you need. Here are the steps to change the download location:

  1. Launch the Firefox browser on the computer.
  2. Click on More horizontal 3-bar icon for the menu list and choose the Settings menu.
    How to change download location in Firefox
  3. Within the General tab, scroll down to locate the Downloads under the Files and Applications section.
    How to change download location Firefox
  4. Select the folder under ‘Save files to’ and [/cmdbtn]Browse…[/cmdbtn] to the location.

You can control where your downloads will be saved on the computer. Choose a different drive and folder from the Browse… button and make the setting permanent.

Alternatively, you can switch to Always ask where to save files radio option so that the browser will request to choose the folder location every time a file is downloaded.

Viewing the File Download History in Firefox on the Computer

You can see all your download file history in the browser. Whether your download files are available or moved from the Downloads folder, the history records are present until manually cleared. Here are the steps to view file download history:

  1. Launch the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Click on the Library Firefox Library icon icon.
  3. Select the Downloads menu.
    how to access download history in Firefox
  4. Click on the Download History command option.
    Show All Downloads command option in Firefox

It will open the Download Manager with all the records of downloads to date. If the files are available on your system, you can click to open the file directly from the browser.

Clearing Files Download History in Firefox on the Computer

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Note: clearing the download history will also delete the browsing history from the Firefox browser.

If you’re using a public computer, it is always advised to delete your download history. Or it would be best if you considered using the private browsing mode. Here are the steps to clear your download history:

  1. Launch the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Click on the the Library Firefox Library icon icon and select the History menu.
    Firefox History Menu under Library icon
  3. Select the Clear Recent History command.
    A new window pop-up, Clear Recent History, will appear.
  4. Select the Time range of clear from the drop-down.
  5. Mark the check box before Browsing & Download History
    Clear Recent History with Browsing and Download History Enabled
  6. Hit on Clear Now to confirm.
    It will clear file downloading history from the browser.

You can choose a different time range to clear the download history.

Bottom Line

Firefox browser comes with a built-in option to manage your file downloads. Also, you can see your download history and clear it as needed.

You can also change the location where you save all your Downloads from these settings. Also, as soon as you download the files in Firefox, you can view them directly through the download manager.

Firefox also offers the option to download the pages for offline access on the computer.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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