I'm new to computing, which will no-doubt become very apparent as you read my query. Simply, I cannot find files that I download onto my laptop. I go to a website and click to download the file, and that's it.
There's no pop-up or anything, the file is downloaded (at least I think it is), but I get no indication of where it should be.
I was under the impression that all files downloaded went to my users folder, or into the folder appropriately titled Downloads, but when I look there, I cannot find any files I've downloaded at all. So, I'm at a loss, and cannot find files I download.
The only way I've been able to do so is to run the file when I click on it. This can work for programs and installations, but if I want to download a file that I can't run, I'm lost. Please help.
I'm assuming you have a Windows laptop, but are not using Internet Explorer to download your files, and/ or may have changed setting somehow with your browser of choice. The reason I say this is because the download folder you'll find in your user account is used by many browsers, such as Chrome, and IE will use the Downloads folder you'll find in Explorer. As you're not seeing any files in these folders, you're either using a browser that doesn't use this location, or the defaults have changed.
This being the case, you'll need to check in different locations for these, and if anything has been changed. You can do this by going in to your browser settings and looking for the downloads section. Here you should see the location the browser is using for downloads, and can set it to whatever you like,
Browsers will also allow you to specify where you want to download files
including the default user profile location.
In Internet Explorer, you can find this by opening up the browser and then clicking the settings icon (that's the 'cog' icon) to the top-right and then going into View Downloads. Not only will you find all of the downloads listed here, but you can click Options at the bottom-left and you'll be able to browse to the actual downloads folder, and can change it to something else.
In Chrome, a very popular browser, you'll find the downloads by default in your user profile download folder. To check this setting, open Chrome and click the ellipsis icon to the top right and select Downloads to view items. To check the location and change it, click Settings instead and then scroll down and click Show Advanced Settings. Here you'll find the downloads section where you can identify and change the folder used.
Both of these browsers, and most others will also allow you to specify where you want to download files manually when you click a download link. This is a good idea if you prefer to keep tabs on files, and often wish to download them to specific locations without having to move files after the fact.