Browsing in Edge

Learn all about the Microsoft Edge browsing experience in this free lesson.

Downloading files

Edge can display many different types of documents, media, and other files, including PDF and MP3 files. But there may be times when you'll want to access a file outside of the browser. To do this, you'll need to download the file directly to your computer.

For example, let's say you need to complete and print a form you find online. You could download it to your computer, then open it with the appropriate program (such as Microsoft Word) to edit it.

To download a file:

If you click a link to a file, it may download automatically. However, depending on the file type, it may just open within the browser. To prevent a file from opening in Edge, you can use Save target as to download it to your computer.

  1. Right-click the file you want to download, then select Save target as.
  2. A dialog box will appear. Select the location where you want to save the file, enter a file name, and click Save.
  3. The file will begin downloading, and the download progress will appear at the bottom of the browser. When the download is complete, click Open to open the file.

For various reasons, many websites do not allow you to download content. For example, YouTube does not offer a way to download its videos.

To access your downloads:

Edge makes it easy to view and manage all of your downloads.

  1. Click the Hub button, then select the Downloads button.
  2. The Downloads tab will appear with a list of all of your downloaded files. From here, you can open previously downloaded files and clear your list of downloads.