You can spend hours searching the internet for documents and programs that you need to learn more about a topic or increase the productivity of your computer use. You find a program to try out that seems to meet your needs or a document that you will need to reference in the future and want to save it to install or read later, how do you save/download files to your computer?
Saving downloads is not that hard, it just takes a bit of organization to be able to reinstall or find it later on your computer.
Save Download to Computer
You’ll need a specific spot to save all your downloads to. Having a specific folder for your downloads will make it easier to find them, back them up or install at a later time.
- Create a folder on your computer for all your downloads. This folder can be on another drive attached to your computer, on the main drive of the computer or if you are new to computers, create it in the My Documents folder.
Within this folder you can have subfolders for specific needs, e.g. software, book research etc. This can be taken even farer by dividing the subfolders into more folders. e.g. the software folder could have folders within it for time management, word processing, graphics.
- Once at the page with the download you wish to save, click the download link with the right mouse button, a menu will pop up.
Note: Some websites that specialize in programs use automatic downloads therefore right clicking the link may want to save a web page. You don’t want this. Click the link instead and then proceed with the next step.
If you have popup blockers turned on, you will get a message asking for permission to continue. Give the browser permission to continue. You can still follow the rest of the steps in this tutorial.
- From the menu that appears, left click the “Save target as” menu item.
A new dialog box appears entitled Save As.
You may get a security message window instead of the Save As dialog box. Left click the Save button in the bottom of the screen to proceed. Once the Save button is clicked, the Save As dialog box appears.
- In the top of the Save As dialog box, navigate to the folder you created to save/download files in by left clicking the arrow to the right of the top box.
Left clicking the arrow to the right of the Save in box exposes a list of the drives on your computer, navigate to your downloads folder by clicking the drive it is on first, then the folder name.
- In the File name box in the lower part of the Save As dialog box will be the name of the program/document you are going to save.
You can change the name to the left of the extension (the dot and three letters on the right of the file name) if it would help you recognize the file better in the future.
- The last box in the lower part of the Save As dialog box has the file type.
The file type tells the computer what type of file this is and the computer will know which program to use to open it later (if you have the correct program to open it).
- Left click Save.
A message screen appears showing the progress of the download.
Once the download is complete, the title of the message screen will change to Download complete and 3 buttons will become available for use at the bottom.
- Now you have 4 choices of what to do next:
- Open – opens the file you just downloaded if it was a document.
- Run – runs the program just downloaded.
- Open folder – opens a new window showing the contents of the folder you just downloaded the file to.
- Close – closes the message window. You can left click this if your intent was to read or install this later.
Backing Up Downloads
We had you create a specific folder for downloads not only to help keep you organized, but to also make it easier to backup those downloads in case of a computer crash (breakdown).
Using a removable medium, backup the programs/documents you have downloaded!
- You won’t have to search the internet for them again should your computer break down or is stolen.
- The downloads would now be portable, say if you had to take to a meeting, work or school to work with further or do a presentation of your research.
- Should your computer breakdown or if you get a new computer, reinstallation will go much faster with the files aready to go on a disk or separate drive.
Saving downloads saves time. Be organized and save/download files to one specific spot. You’ll be very happy you learnt to do this later!