How to Download a File with Chrome

When you want to download something from the Web in Google Chrome, you can keep an eye on its download progress in the downloads bar at the bottom of your tab. When the file is done downloading, just click its button to open it. All the files you’ve ever downloaded are listed on the Downloads page.

Pause or cancel a download

  • To pause a download, go to the Downloads page and click the Pause link for the download. Click Resume when you’re ready to continue the download.
  • To cancel a download completely, click the arrow next to the file button in the downloads bar and select Cancel.

Find the file on your computer

To see where the file is located on your computer, click the arrow next to the file button in the downloads bar and select Show in folder.

Automatically open certain types of files

If you want certain types of files to always open after they’re done downloading, click the arrow next to the file button in the downloads bar and select Always open files of this type. To prevent potentially malicious files from automatically downloading to your computer, this option isn’t available for executable filetypes, such as those with .exe, .dll, or .bat extensions (for Windows), and .dmg extensions (for Mac).

You can clear auto-opening settings through the Options dialog (Preferences on a Mac).

  • Click the spanner icon on the browser toolbar.
  • Select Options (Preferences on a Mac).
  • Click the Under the Hood tab.
  • In the “Downloads” section, click Clear auto-opening settings. This clears your settings for all file types.
  • Click Close when you’re done, if you’re using Windows or Linux.

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