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The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features.

By default, files are saved automatically to the default location, without asking the user in Microsoft Edge.

You can turn on Ask me what to do with each download in Microsoft Edge to always ask you if you want to save a file or open it without saving.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Ask me what to do with each download in Microsoft Edge for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Ask Where to Save Downloads in Microsoft Edge for Current User from Settings
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Ask Where to Save Downloads in Microsoft Edge for All Users using REG file


EXAMPLE: "Ask me what to do with each download" turned on

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Option One

Turn On or Off Ask Where to Save Downloads in Microsoft Edge for Current User from Settings


1 Open Microsoft Edge.

2 Click/tap on the Setting and more (Alt+F) 3 dots button, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Downloads in the left pane. (see screenshot below)

If you do not see a left pane, then either click/tap on the 3 bars menu button towards the top left OR widen the horizontal borders of the Microsoft Edge window until you do.


4 Turn on or off (default) Ask me what to do with each download for what you want.

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Option Two

Enable or Disable Ask Where to Save Downloads in Microsoft Edge for All Users using REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

This option uses the PromptForDownloadLocation policy for Microsoft Edge.


1 Do step 2 (always on), step 3 (always off), or step 4 (default) below for what you want.

2 Always Turn On "Ask me what to do with each download" in Microsoft Edge for All Users

This will override and gray out Option One.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Always_enable_Ask_me_what_to_do_with_each_downloading_in_Microsoft_Edge_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge]
"PromptForDownloadLocation"=dword:00000001

3 Always Turn Off "Ask me what to do with each download" in Microsoft Edge for All Users

This will override and gray out Option One.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Disable_Ask_me_what_to_do_with_each_downloading_in_Microsoft_Edge_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge]
"PromptForDownloadLocation"=dword:00000000

4 Default User Choice "Ask me what to do with each download" in Microsoft Edge

This is the default setting to allow using Option One.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Default_user_choice_Ask_me_what_to_do_with_each_downloading_in_Microsoft_Edge.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge]
"PromptForDownloadLocation"=-

5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

6 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8 If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen Microsoft Edge to apply.

9 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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