By default, when you download something using Safari, it gets saved in your Mac’s main Downloads folder. If you’d rather save your files somewhere else, you can change the default save folder. Here’s how to do it.

With Safari open, click the “Safari” menu and then click “Preferences.”

On the General tab of the preferences window, click the “File download location” drop-down menu and then click “Other.”

Browse to–or create– a new folder and then click “Select.”

And that’s it. It’s a super simple change to make, but if you don’t know the option is there in the first place, you might not even think to look for it.

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Walter Glenn is a former Editorial Director for How-To Geek and its sister sites. He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry and over 20 years as a technical writer and editor. He's written hundreds of articles for How-To Geek and edited thousands. He's authored or co-authored over 30 computer-related books in more than a dozen languages for publishers like Microsoft Press, O'Reilly, and Osborne/McGraw-Hill. He's also written hundreds of white papers, articles, user manuals, and courseware over the years.
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