The root cause for most of the issues of unable to find the files you downloaded lie with how we set our browsers to handle files. By default on most browsers, files are set to be downloaded onto the desktop screen but changes we’ve made might affect the location.
In the case of Firefox here’s what you can do to fix your headache.
IF when you try downloading a file, you do NOT get this prompt.
Cause: You check-marked the “Do this automatically for …” box sometime and now the option you had selected “OPEN WITH” or “SAVE TO DISK” even if you can’t remember are set to run automatically.
Fix: On your Mozilla Firefox browser (sorry I dislike the clunky and porous Microsoft Internet Explorer), click on TOOLS > OPTIONS and on the pop-up menu shown below…
Click on the MAIN tab and then select the “Always ask me …” option. Now hit OK to initialize the changes you’ve made to your browser’s settings.
Next step is to go back to try and download a file again.
This time you will get the pop-up window…
… to which you want to basically ensure it’s set to “SAVE” and the box remains UNCHECKED! Then hit OK and you are bumped into another pop-up window…
Select the location where you’d like to save your files (DESKTOP in my case) and hit SAVE! Your file saves to the desired location. YAY! You are now able to locate files you downloaded from the interweb but wait a sec. There’s work to do yet.
You want to revert some of the changes you made to the browser because having to go through 2 pop-up windows to deal with every single download on the interweb is simply not your forte.
On your Mozilla Firefox browser, click on TOOLS > OPTIONS and on the pop-up menu shown below…
Check the “Save files to” instead of “Always ask me …” and then hit OK and you’re set.
… and hope you remember this if you ever run into this problem again Kaci! 😉