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With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft is planning to retire Internet Explorer and make Microsoft Edge as the default browser. It seems Microsoft is in the right direction as Edge is certainly better than Internet Explorer. Edge browser is faster, secure and supports latest web standards compared to Internet Explorer. However, there are some drawbacks which Microsoft should try to fix through the release of new updates.
One major drawback is that Microsoft Edge does not show any notification when a file is downloaded on clicking a link accidentally or intentionally. These downloads can lead to malwares getting downloaded to your computer
How to Stop automatic download using Windows Edge Settings
- Open Microsoft Edge. Click the three dots on the top right.
- Click Settings option
- Select Always ask me what to do with downloads
- Turn it on
Once the option is turned on, a confirmation box will be displayed if there is downloadable content. You can use the Save button to download the file in a default location. If you need to save in different location, use Save as Option.
The default location for downloaded content is C drive -> Users -> UserName folder -> Downloads.
How to Stop automatic download using Windows Edge registry settings
It is always advised to use the default Windows Edge browser settings to prevent download without notification. But in rare cases, the previous settings may not work. You need to edit the registry to accomplish this. Please Note: Making changes in registry can cause the computer to crash or not work properly. Take a backup of important files and a copy of the registry to play safe.
- Press Windows Key + R to open the Run window. Type regedit and click OK
- Click Yes in the User Account Control window to get admin rights to make the changes
- Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE\ Classes\ Local Settings\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ AppContainer\ Storage\ microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\ MicrosoftEdge\ Download
- If you don’t have the Download registry key, you need to create one. Right click on MicrosoftEdge, click New, click Key, then rename it as Download.
- Select Download. On the right side pane, right click empty space, click New, select DWORD (32-bit) Value. Rename the key as EnableSavePrompt. Double click the key and enter the value as 1. Then click OK.
- Close registry. Restart the computer and check if download notification is coming up.
Hopefully, by making these changes, Microsoft Edge will now start showing notifications before downloading any file.