How Do You Find Your Downloads on Your Computer?

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To find files that you have downloaded to your computer, begin by looking through the Downloads folder. If you do not find them there, look through your other folders, and check the desktop if they are nowhere else.

  1. Head to the Downloads folder

    Click the Start button in the lower left-hand corner of your screen (if you are using Windows 7 or 8). Click your username when it shows up in the right pane of the Start menu. Double-click on Downloads to access that folder, and look for the file.

  2. Visit other folders to check there as well

    Return to the list of folders that showed up when you clicked on your username. Choose other likely folders to search; some typical examples include Pictures, Music, Videos and Documents. Scroll through the list of files in each folder to see if the download showed up there instead. Look at the files on the desktop to see if you might have saved it there.

  3. Search for a downloaded file

    Click the Start button, and type some or all of the name of the file into the Search field. Peruse the search results that pop up to see if the downloaded file comes up.

To find it in a Macintosh, open Finder, the leftmost icon in the Dock in the bottom left of the desktop, and click on the Downloads tab under the Favorites section. To perform a search on a Mac, press Command-Space to open Spotlight, and enter the name of the file. The search results appear in a list below.