[Fixes] How Do You Find Recently Downloaded Files

How do you find recently downloaded files if the files not showing up? Here we talk about the reasons of disappearance and provide guidance on how to find downloaded files.


By Irene / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Scenario: How do you find recently downloaded files


"When I download a file on a webpage, I see that it is downloading, but when I go into my desktop, I cannot find it after it has finished the download. I know the file has been downloaded because the computer shows space has been taken up. Where do I find my downloaded files? What is the default download location for files on Windows? Is there a fix in which I can get the files to be updated in my download folder?" How do I find my downloaded files?

How to find downloaded files on computer

Have you ever encountered a problem like his? In such circumstance, how do you find recently downloaded files? Now, we will provide some methods for you to fix this problem.

Fix 1. Find downloaded files via File Explorer

When you download a file, it will locate in a default location in Windows. Usually, the Windows Download folder will store web browsers downloaded files. Therefore, if downloading is finished, you can search it via File Explore to check it.

Step 1. Open File Explorer and click “Downloads” on the left side. You can see the downloaded folders and files in the window.

downloads in c drive

Step 2. Click This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Users > UserName > Downloads” when the menu pop-up

User name

Step 3. Select “Date modified” to classify the files in light of the date or time that you download them. Choose Descending sort, the files will list from the newest (top) to the oldest (bottom)

Step 4. Now, you can find the recently downloaded files at the top.

However, the download location may be set to restore in other places rather than to the default folder. In this case, the files could be located elsewhere. Apart from using Windows File Explore, you can also try to use the following method.

Fix 2. Find downloaded files in the Downloads folder of web browsers

Presumably, the storage path was changed, for example, the files were downloaded from browsers on Windows 10 or Windows 11 like Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge, you could first click the folder “Downloads” in the browser to find them. Here we display Chrome and Firefox as examples.

◤Google Chrome

You can see the downloaded files in the top taskbar of this webpage. Click the tiny dots ( or Menu) as the picture shows to unfold the operation lists.

Step 1. Choose “Downloads” (Or you can press the combined shortcut “Ctrl +J” to open it directly)

google menu downloads

Step 2. Select “Open downloads folder”, you can find the recently downloaded files.

Note: If you need to change the storage path, you can click Menu > Settings > Downloads > Location > Change (on the right side of the corner).

◤Mozilla Firefox

If you download files in Mozilla Firefox, you can follow the guidance as the picture shows.

locate downloaded file firefox

Why do I still cannot find recently downloaded files

To answer this question, we would better consider the other reasons for recently downloaded files not being found. Commonly, the downloaded files will be stored in the folders in C drive by default, while some users may not notice the storage path.

With the C drive storage space increasing, they probably delete the recently downloaded files when cleaning up other junk files. If it were not the case, system crashes, viruses, or other causes also happen to the situation, making users cannot find the recently downloaded files. In this case, you may ask, How to find a downloaded file on computer? Let’s continue to read this passage to obtain the solution.

Recover the missing downloaded files

If you encounter the above situations, retrieving them back is quite easy if you utilize a reliable tool. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional allows users to restore deleted or lost data. The function of Recover Data can achieve retrieving lost documents, emails, movies or other over 200 types of files, including but not limited to exe, png, jpg, mov, doc, docx, xlsx, ppt, pdf, etc.

Even if you permanently delete the files, format the PC, or suffer from viruses attack. With simple operations, you can recover missing downloaded files easily.

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How do I find my downloaded files? You can obtain the answer by following the steps.

Step 1. Open and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. Choose "Recover" > “Recover Data” in the main Tab

recover data

Step 2. Choose the target hard drive that you store downloaded files, and then select “Start Scan

recover windows data

Step 3. You can see all the deleted or lost folders and files in this step. To find the target downloaded files, you can use Filter or Search box.

select recover data

Step 4. Confirm the files that you want to recover, and then click “Recover file”.

To sum up

How to find downloaded files on PC? We can search for the files in File Explorer or Downloads Folder if we download them from browsers. In addition, when you cannot find recently deleted files, mistaken deletion should also be taken into consideration.

Using AOMEI Partition Assistant to recover the files can be convenient. It is an all-in-one tool that can also fix other issues relating to your PC, such as disk clone, MBR/GPT conversion, moving apps, etc. If you are a Windows Server user, the Server edition can also assist you to manage your device effectively.

Irene · Staff Editor
Irene is an Editor of AOMEI Technology. She devotes herself in giving insightful thoughts on common computer problems with simple and clear guidance. Irene loves to help people solve problems and explore more solutions on relevant issues. She loves reading, singing and travelling.