How to Change the Default "Save As" Location in Internet Explorer

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When you save a file in Microsoft Internet Explorer by clicking Save As on the File menu, and you use the Windows application default location, the file will be saved to the My Documents folder. To save it in a different location, you must navigate to the desired file or folder.


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To change the default folder to which Internet Explorer will save items, you must change the value for Personal in the following registry keys to specify the new location:
HKEY_USERS\Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

HKEY_USERS\Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders


This behavior is by design.


The first time your try to save a file to the new location, it may still save the file to the default location, of My Documents. After saving the file, the correct location should appear the next time you save a file in Internet Explorer.


Article ID: 258867 - Last Review: January 27, 2007 - Revision: 1.3
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  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
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