Thursday, March 29, 2007

Use the registry to change IE's default download location

Its too tiring to keep telling Internet explorer as to where to store the files to be downloaded.With this registry tweak you can always have it downloaded to the same place

NOTE: Making changes to the registry can cause serious harm to your computer if done incorrectly. Always backup your registry before making any changes.

Proceed as follows

  1. In the left hand pane navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer
  2. Right click on the white region of Regedit's right hand pane, click New, and then click String Value
  3. Enter Download Directory for the name of the new DWORD Value and press Enter. The new value should now appear in Regedit's right-hand column.
  4. Right click the new value and choose Modify.
  5. Click Modify and set the Value Data field to be the path to the directory you want IE to send downloads, then click OK.