Stop the Download Blackhole

Stop the Download Blackhole

When you get on a run with your family history you can find yourself downloading lots of documents as you research.

The next thing it's past midnight and your download folder looks like this.

Download Folder

Well the good news is that it doesn't. You can change the settings and be asked where you want to save your downloads each time. 

Here's how:

Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome and click on the three vertical dots at the top right hand side of the screen to drop down the "Customize and control Google Chrome" menu. Click on Settings.

Google Chrome Settings


2. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on Advanced.

Google Chrome Downloads

3. Under the Downloads section you can turn on the option to "Ask where to save each file before downloading".

Ask Where to Download



Microsoft Edge

1. Open Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots in the top right corner. Choose Settings from the drop down menu.

Microsoft Edge Settings


2. In the right hand side menu click on the Downloads option and turn on the switch - Ask me what to do with each download.

Microsoft Edge Downloads Option to ask where to save


Such an easy step to make your Family History filing so much easier and stop the Download Blackhole.


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Updated 21 Sep 2021 to include Microsoft Edge Settings.

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1 comment

Thank you for the tip on filing downloads. Countless times I’ve fallen into the download blackhole!

Elizabeth Wade

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