Where to find and manage downloaded files in Firefox

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What is the Downloads window?

The Downloads window keeps track of files you download while using Firefox, including files you open and files you save to your computer. The Downloads window displays information about each download, such as the file name, file size, time remaining before the download is complete, where the file was downloaded from, and the time or date of the download. By default, the Downloads window will display a history of past downloads until you clear the list.

How do I access the Downloads window?

The Downloads window will appear when you

  • download a file,
  • click on the Tools menu and select Downloads, or
  • press Ctrlcommand+JCtrlcommand+Y.
If the Downloads window does not appear, see Downloads window does not open.

What can I do with the Downloads window?


In addition to keeping information about your downloads in one place, the Downloads window keeps convenient download actions easily accessible for each of your downloads.

  • Pause: You can pause any downloads currently in progress by clicking the Pause button beside the file entry. This may be useful, for example, if you need to open a small download started after a large download. Pausing downloads gives you the choice to decide which of your downloads are most important. When you want to continue downloading those files, simply use the Resume button to finish those downloads.
  • Cancel: If after starting a download you decide you no longer need that file, canceling the download is simple: just use the Cancel button beside that file entry to cancel it and free up your connection for your browsing and other downloads.
  • Open the file: When a download has finished, you can double-click on the entry to open the file.
  • Open the file's folder: Right-clickHold down the control key while you click on an entry for a file that has finished downloading and select Open Containing FolderShow in Finder.
    Note: You can change the folder where you save downloaded files in your Firefox optionspreferences (see below).
  • Remove the file's entry: If you do not wish to keep a record of a particular download, simply right-clickpress Ctrl and click the file entry, then select Remove From List (This will remove the entry from the list; it will not delete the file itself).
  • Retry a Download: If for any reason a download does not complete, use the Retry button next to the file entry and Firefox will restart the download for you.

Downloads window options

Downloads window preferences

You can change several download optionspreferences, such as the folder where files are saved and whether to keep the Downloads window open or close it after the download is complete, in your Firefox optionspreferences. To access these settings, click on the ToolsFirefoxEdit menu at the top of the Firefox windowon the menu bar, and select Options...Preferences..., then select the General panel (Main panel in Firefox 3.5). More information about the various optionspreferences is available in the OptionsPreferences article.