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How To Add Multiple Save Locations To Your Browser

Browsers can save files to your default downloads folder, or they can prompt you to select the save location each time you download a file. You can also change the default download location if you want but for all browsers, you can only have one default download location. Save In is a browser extension available for both Firefox and Chrome that lets you add multiple save locations to your browser.

Create Symbolic Link

Save in works through symbolic links. You have to create a symbolic link to the multiple save locations you want to add, and place it inside your default downloads folder. Here’s how.

First, find the path to the current folder that your browser saves files to by default. Next, find the path to the folder you want to add as a save location.

Open Command Prompt and use the following command to create the symbolic link.

Syntax

mklink /d \default_download_dir\symlink \path\to\actual

Example

mklink /d C:\Users\fatiw\Downloads\symlink D:\Images

The symbolic link will appear in the Downloads folder.

Multiple Save Locations

Install Save In and go to the extension’s options. Scroll down to the Directories section. Enter the name of the folder that you want to save files to. Since there’s a symbolic link to the folder already present in the default download folder, you do not have to enter the full path to the folder. The extension will not be able to read it. You need to simply add the name of the folder. Each folder name must appear on its own separate line.

The extension has a few more options that you can enable to make saving easier. Some features are only available for Firefox. Once you’re done setting everything up, you can start using Save In. It adds an option to the right-click context menu that lets you select where a file is saved.┬áThe location shown with a period, and with the number one in brackets is your default downloads folder.

With download buttons, you don’t get the option to choose a download location if you left-click the button. If you right-click it, you can use the same context menu options to choose where the target file is saved to.

If you decide that you don’t want to use the extension, you can uninstall it like any other extension however, it will not automatically delete the symbolic links that you’ve created. You will need to delete them yourself. If you change your default download folder location, you will need to create symbolic links all over again and place them in the new default download location.

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