Change Default Upload Folder in Chrome on Windows 11/10

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Uploading files on websites is an essential function that we perform regularly. Whether it’s uploading a resume to a job portal or a document to cloud storage, we often need to upload files to the internet. When we click the browse button to upload a file, the default folder that opens may not be the one we want to use.

In this article, we will discuss how the default upload folder works, how to reset or change the default upload folder in Chrome on Windows 11/10, and provide additional tips for improving your file upload experience.

Change Default Upload Folder Chrome Windows 11

How does the default upload folder work?

The default upload folder in Google Chrome is determined by the last folder you visited during a previous file upload. Chrome remembers this folder and opens it whenever you click the browse button to upload a file on a website.

This feature is designed to save users’ time by reducing the need to navigate through multiple folders each time they want to upload a file. However, for users who work with files spread across various folders or prefer a different folder as their default, this behavior can be a hindrance.

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Understanding how different websites handle file uploads can provide insight into the reasons behind the default folder behavior. Many websites use JavaScript or other client-side scripting languages to manage file uploads. These scripts often use the browser’s built-in file upload dialog, which Chrome and other browsers provide as a default user interface. The browsers, in turn, remember the last folder visited during a file upload, leading to the default folder behavior observed.

How to reset or change the default upload folder?

Though you cannot directly set a default upload folder within Chrome or Windows, you can effectively change it by uploading a file from your desired folder. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the website where you want to upload a file.
  2. Click the browse button to open the file upload window.
  3. Browse to the folder you want to set as your new default upload folder.
  4. Select a file within that folder and upload it.

Reset default upload folder

By doing this, Chrome will remember the folder you last browsed to and will use it as the default upload folder the next time you visit the website. Note that each website remembers the default folder for file uploads separately, which means you may need to repeat these steps for every website you wish to change the default folder for when uploading a file.

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Default folder to upload on a website

Can I change the default upload folder in Windows?

Unfortunately, you cannot change the default upload folder directly in Windows or through your web browser (e.g., Chrome). This is because each website remembers the default upload folder separately, and there is no universal setting that controls the behavior across all websites. To change the default upload folder for a specific website, you need to upload at least one file from your desired folder, as explained in the previous section.

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Additional tips

Here are a few more suggestions to help improve your file upload experience:

  • Organize your files in a way that makes them easy to find and upload. Use a consistent naming convention and folder structure to keep your files organized. You may also want to consider moving the files you frequently upload to a same folder.Move all files you need to upload to a single folder
  • If you need to upload multiple files from the same folder and the website does support multiple files upload, you can hold down the Ctrl key and select multiple files at once.
  • Consider using a file synchronization service like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive to keep your files accessible across multiple devices. This can help streamline your file upload process, as you won’t need to browse through your local folders to find the files you need.
  • Create shortcuts to your most frequently used folders in Windows File Explorer. This way, you can quickly access these folders when uploading files.
  • If you’re working with a large number of files spread across multiple folders, consider using a file management tool, such as Total Commander, which offer advanced features like dual-pane views, folder synchronization, and file search capabilities. These tools can help streamline your file management tasks and improve your overall productivity.
  • When working with a team or collaborating on projects, consider using a project management tool or file-sharing platform that supports file uploads and version control. This will help keep your files organized, make it easier to share and collaborate on documents, and reduce the risk of losing important data.


    While you cannot directly set a default upload folder in Chrome or Windows, you can change it on a per-website basis by uploading a file from your desired folder. By doing so, Chrome will remember the folder for future uploads. Additionally, following the tips provided in this article can help improve your overall file upload experience and save you time when working with files on the web.

    Nyau Wai Hoe
    Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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