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    download folder

    I'd like to change the download folder to Desktop.

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    Changing the Downloads location to your Desktop is really not a good idea, better to leave it as it is or change it to C:\Downloads or D:\ Downloads and create a shortcut on the Desktop to open it, if the folder is sorted by recent date, the latest downloads will be at the top.

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    You would be better off creating a new folder on your desktop and renaming it to "downloads", then proceed to change the actual download folder to that folder;
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    better to leave it as it is or change it to C:\Downloads or D:\ Downloads and create a shortcut on the Desktop to open it,
    That's what I do; safer, as it avoids the possibility of inadvertently deleting the whole folder.

    Zig

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    Quote Originally Posted by satrow View Post
    Changing the Downloads location to your Desktop is really not a good idea, better to leave it as it is or change it to C:\Downloads or D:\ Downloads and create a shortcut on the Desktop to open it, if the folder is sorted by recent date, the latest downloads will be at the top.
    .........or, just create a desktop shortcut to the existing download folder.

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    Read my suggestion (or your quote of it) again Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by satrow View Post
    Read my suggestion (or your quote of it) again Tony
    We-e-ell....................you did say:
    .....or change it to C:\Downloads or D:\ Downloads and create a shortcut on the Desktop to open it,.....
    Yes, I know I snipped it.

    Anyway. We're agreed that that's what the OP's best course of action is.

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    Why is setting the desktop as the downloads folder a bad idea? Isn't it much more difficult to delete than any other folder?

    Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    Why is setting the desktop as the downloads folder a bad idea? Isn't it much more difficult to delete than any other folder?

    Bruce
    The argument has always been that the Desktop is not the place to store files, especially large ones. Part of this probably stems from the idea that the more you have there, the larger the load is. Another reason maybe that the actual location of the Desktop can be awkward to find, as it changes from one Windows version to the next (and it can be moved by the User).

    If the worst should happen, you really need to be able to recover your files from as few command-line steps as possible - root\Data, root\Documents are much easier than C:\Users\'username'\Desktop\Downloads (or whatever it is for that flavour of Windows).

    Heck, my special 'My folders', the Desktop included, aren't even on the same drive as Windows is.

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