Find a file you have downloaded

This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8.

When you use Internet Explorer to download a file from the Internet, you are usually asked where you want to store the file. If you don't specify where you want the file to be stored, Internet Explorer will normally try to put a file in the most appropriate place. For example, documents and webpages are normally saved to the Documents folder, music files to the Music folder, and images and graphics are saved to the Pictures folder. In Internet Explorer 7, files that could potentially cause harm, such as executable programs, are saved to the temporary Internet files folder first, then copied to the folder you've specified. Programs and miscellaneous downloads are also sometimes saved to the Downloads folder. Here are some tips on finding files you've downloaded.

If you're downloading a file and the Save File dialog box appears, it is best to specify which folder you want to save the file to. This will save time later. If you're saving several files, Windows will normally remember the last folder you saved to, so you don't have to specify the folder again.

To find a file you have downloaded

  1. Open your personal folder by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking your user name at the top of the Start menu's right pane.
  2. Double-click one of the following folders:

    • Downloads

    • Documents

    • Pictures

    • Videos

    • Music

If you do not see the file you are looking for, but know its file name, you can search for it by following these steps:

To search for a file you have downloaded

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button.
  2. Type all or part of the file name into the Search box. The file you are looking for should appear in the list of search results. If the file you are searching for does not appear, see Troubleshoot problems with searching.