How To Locate Downloaded File In Chrome, Firefox, IE and Opera?

by Rohit Khurana on May 25, 2012

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Have it ever happened with you that you downloaded a file and later on not able to locate where the file is saved? In many cases users know the file name so they run a search and find the downloaded file, but in many cases the file name maybe weird or unrelated to the content, in such cases it becomes even more difficult to find the file. In some even worse case, user may download a file, open it directly and save it after long editing, but when they try to access the file again, they don’t know where the file is saved on their computer or even the name of the file! There are multiple ways to find out where the file is saved, but we will tell you the most effective and easiest of these ways for most commonly used browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera using which you can quickly locate any downloaded file. This tutorial is valid for all operating systems – Windows, Linux and Mac OS as these browsers have similar or same options in all these OS.

However there are some other options for the locating the file edited by a software which usually maintain a log of recently edited files, but the method we share below with you is the simplest and fastest method to locate a file which you downloaded previously and maybe you spent time on editing it too and saved it, but after closing the saved file, you are not aware where you have saved it as it is still lying a default location where it was downloaded by the browser.

Find or Locate Downloaded File With Any Internet Browser

Lets start one by one for each browser and see how you can find the location of any downloaded (and edited file) on your computer.

Locate Downloaded File Using Google Chrome Browser

Follow these steps to find the location of a file downloaded using Google Chrome :

Step 1 : Open Google Chrome, click on the wrench menu on top right and click on Downloads. Alternatively, you can also use keyboard shortcut CTRL+J to open the download page.

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Step 2: Scroll this page and check the file downloaded recently which you want to locate, just below the file there will be a link called “Show in folder”, just click on that link and a new window will open with location of the file and file will be automatically selected (highlighted).

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This is it, isn’t it simpler than you thought.

Locate Downloaded File Using Mozilla Firefox Browser

Follow these steps to find the location of a file downloaded using Mozilla Firefox:

Step 1: Open Mozilla Firefox and click on Tools > Downloads, alternatively you can use the CTRL+J shortcut for the same. This will open a new Downloads windows.

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Step 2: In the downloads window, just right click on the downloaded file you want to locate on your computer. On right click menu select “Open Containing Folder” option.

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This will open the folder containing the file.

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Hope you find it simple.

Locate Downloaded File Using Internet Explorer Browser

Follow these steps to find the location of a file downloaded using Internet Explorer:

Step 1: Open Internet Explorer, press ALT key on keyboard to show the menu under the address bar. On the menu, select Tools > View Downloads , alternatively the CTRL+J shortcut can also be used. This will open a new Downloads window.

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Step 2: On the View Downloads window, right click the file you want to locate and select the options “Open containing folder”.

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This will simply open the folder containing the file.

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Wasn’t that quick and easy?

Locate Downloaded File Using Opera Browser

Follow these steps to find the location of a file downloaded using Opera Browser:

Step 1: Open the Opera Browser. Click on the Opera icon on the top left of the Opera Windows and click Downloads. Alternatively you can use CTRL+J for the same. This will open a new tab called Downloads.

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Step 2 : On the downloads tab right click on the file which you want to locate and select the option called Open Folder.

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This will open the folder containing the downloaded file.

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This is pretty much it. Hope you find this small tutorial and tip easy to follow.  If you are a geek you may call me stupid for sharing such basic tip, but believe me this small tip can be very useful for many users who are not aware of it.

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