Where To Find Files You Downloaded On Your Chromebox

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*For those in the Middle School and Upper School with Chromeboxes, this post is directed at you.

Have you just downloaded a file while on your Chromebox only to have trouble finding the file you downloaded? It’s not in the downloads folder of your Chromebox, so where did it go?

It went to the “Cloud” or better yet, it went to your Google Drive.

A new Chrome setting allows the tech department to set the default location where downloads from the internet are stored on Chromeboxes and Chromebooks. To make your Chromebox downloads accessible from any device, we chose to set your Google Drive as the default file location. This is important for many of you as you are having to upload PDFs for college recs and if you are saving your Google Docs as PDFs you need to know where to look to upload them into Naviance or any other website you are uploading files to.

When you download a file, it shows up on your Chromebox “Shelf” at the bottom of your screen

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If you are presented with the standard “Browse”, “Choose File”, or “Select files” boxes such as this when you are uploading documents

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That button will open your Chromebox’s local downloads folder which will not have the file you just downloaded.


Instead, you will find your downloaded files in the Google Drive menu option. You should select the “Recent” folder to easily find the file.

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If you look in your Google Drive from your desktop or iPad, you will find the file you downloaded/uploaded to drive from your Chromebox.

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