How to Enable or Disable Ask to Save or Open Download in Microsoft Edge

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The article provides a detailed guide on how to activate or deactivate the “Ask me what to do with each download” feature in the Microsoft Edge browser. This function, when enabled, allows the user to choose whether to download and save a file or open it directly in the browser. The guide also includes a…

This article explains the steps you can take to turn on or off “Ask me what to do with each download” in the Microsoft Edge browser.

The Microsoft Edge browser is the default browser in Windows 11. However, users can switch to their preferred or favorite browser anytime. Edge is based on Chromium, similar to Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers today.

By default, when you download a file from the internet, Edge will automatically download and save it in your Downloads folder in your home directory.

If you don’t always want to download the file but open it in the browser, you can enable a feature to prompt you to download and save or open the file without saving it.

Please turn on or off, and ask me what to do with each download in Edge

As described above, you can always choose the Microsoft Edge browser to ask if you want to save a file or open it without saving it, so you don’t always have to download and save files from the internet.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open the Microsoft Edge browser.

Then click on Setting and more (Alt+F) 3 horizontal dots button on the top right corner and select Settings.

micrsoft edge browser more option and settings
Microsoft Edge browser has more options and settings

Next, click on Downloads on the left menu.

Microsoft Edge browser Downloads settings
Microsoft Edge browser Downloads settings

On the Settings -> System and performance settings pane, under the Downloads section, toggle the button on the tile that says “Ask me what to do with each download” to On or Off.

Microsoft Edge browser Downloads prompt button
Microsoft Edge browser Downloads prompt button

Edge will not ask you what to do with each download if off. However, if enabled, the Edge will always prompt you on what to do with each download.

Always ask me if I want to save a file or open it without saving it in Edge.

Alternatively, users can use the Windows registry to turn on or off Edge, always asking before downloading files from the internet.

Open the Windows Registry and navigate to the folder key path listed below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

If you don’t see the Edge folder key, right-click on the Microsoft parent key, then create the subkey (Edge) folder.

microsoft edge show or hide sidebar via registry
Microsoft Edge shows or hides the sidebar via the registry

Right-click on the Edge folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named PromptForDownloadLocation.

Double-click the new value name (PromptForDownloadLocation) and enter the Value data of 1 to have the Microsoft Edge browser prompt before downloading files from the internet.

Value data of 0 will disable Edge, prompting you to download or open the file in the browser.

Microsoft Edge browser Downloads prompt registry value data
Microsoft Edge browser Downloads prompt registry value data

That should do it. Restart your computer for the changes to apply.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to always enable or disable to ask if you want to save a file or open it without saving it in the Microsoft Edge web browser. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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One response to “How to Enable or Disable Ask to Save or Open Download in Microsoft Edge”

  1. rachel Avatar
    rachel

    Goal = disable the prompts to save and download.

    When using the browser settings and the regEdit instructions here neither leave me withe expected outcome/goal. What could be blocking this?? It still prompts both save and download.

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