How to Manage Download Settings in Firefox Computer?

Learn how to manage the downloads on Firefox computer. We can change the download folder or select a new location. Also, view download history and clear it.

Firefox offers an easy and straightforward method to download files. You can simply click on the download link and Firefox will automatically begin to download the file for you. But, you have no control over the download location while downloading the file.

By default, Firefox saves download files in the Download folder of your computer. However, you have the option to change the download location on the Firefox settings page.

I am not very comfortable with the default settings on a Firefox computer since it occupies most of the storage space in the operating system drive. I always wanted to change the download location to some other drive. So, I decided to research about the same and find a way to change the download location on the Firefox computer.

Related: How to Change Download Location Settings in Edge Computer?

Besides download location, there are some things else as well that you can do to improve your download experience on the Firefox browser.

Change Download Location in Firefox Computer

By default Firefox and every other browser is set to save the online downloaded files within the Download folder. Thankfully, Firefox lets you choose the location of your files per needs.

Here are the steps to change the download location in Firefox computer:

  1. Launch the Firefox browser on the computer.
  2. Click on the Firefox Menu icon for more menu list.
  3. Choose the Options menu from the list.
    How to change download location in Firefox
  4. Within the General tab, scroll down to locate the Downloads under the Files and Applications section.
    How to change download location Firefox
  5. Here you can select the folder for Save files to OR switch to Always ask where to save files.

You now have control over where your downloads are saved on the Firefox computer. You can choose a different drive and folder from the Browse… button and make the setting permanent.

View Download History in Firefox

You can easily see all your download file history at any time. Whether your download files are available or gone from the Downloads folder, the history records are present until manually cleared.

Here are the steps to access your file download history in Firefox:

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

This will open the Download History library will all the records of downloads to date. You can have a good look at all the files you have downloaded till now.

Clear Firefox Download History

If you’re using a public computer or have a different privacy issue, it is always advised to delete your download history. Or you should consider using the Private Browsing mode.

Here are the steps to clear your Firefox download history: 

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

This will help you clear your download history on a Firefox computer. It helps you keep your information and downloads record safe.

Bottom Line: Firefox Manage Downloads

Firefox browser comes with a built-in option to change your download location. Additionally, you can see your download history as well as clear it per needs.

Since my research helped me find a solution to my problem, I could specify a download location in Firefox settings. Also, I could clear the Browsing and Download History easily from the browser.

Related: How to Clear History, Cookies, and Cache in Firefox Computer?

Let us know what you think about managing the download folder and location within the Firefox browser. Also, did you ever cleared your download history records?

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