New Microsoft Edge gets open/save/cancel prompts for downloads

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 9, 2020
Internet, Microsoft Edge

The new Microsoft Edge web browser that is based on Chromium handles downloads differently than the classic version of Edge. When you start a download in the new Edge currently, you will notice that it is either downloaded directly to the designated downloads folder or that a file browser window is opened to pick a folder for the download.

The response of the browser depends on the downloads setting. By default, files get downloaded automatically and without user prompt. If you enable "Ask where to save each file before downloading" under Menu > Settings > Downloads (or by loading edge://settings/download) , you will get the file browser interface instead.

Starting in Microsoft Edge 87, currently available on the Canary channel, Microsoft has changed the logic behind the browser's download behavior. The default behavior has not changed; if you have not changed download settings, file downloads will happen automatically just as before.

If you have enabled "Ask where to save each file before downloading" however, you will get the new download prompt instead of a file browser.

microsoft edge downloads prompt

The prompt, displayed at the bottom of the screen, lists "open" and "save as" options directly. A click on the three dots next to the visible choices displays "save" and "cancel" options.

Save as opens the file browser so that you can pick a local folder for the download. Save on the other hand places it in the default download folder as set in the Edge settings under Downloads. Cancel stops the entire operation and deletes the temporary bits that were already downloaded.

Open is a new option; Edge loads the file from a temporary folder in the default system app for the file extension. If there is none, a choice is displayed to the user. Microsoft has configured the browser to delete the temporary folder when a new browsing session is started.

edge delete download

Another new feature in Edge 87 is the ability to delete downloads directly from within the browser UI. Once downloaded, select the three dots next to the download and there the delete file option.

Other options include opening the file, setting the file type to always open automatically, to open the folder it has been saved into, to copy the download link, or to report the download to Microsoft because you believe it is unsafe.

Note that the downloads manager under edge://downloads/all does not offer options to delete files on the local system that were downloaded with the Microsoft browser; this means that the period in which delete is available is limited to the display of the downloaded file in the main Edge UI.

Edge, like most Chromium-based browsers, starts the download immediately even if the user has not responded to the prompt. (via Deskmodder)

New Microsoft Edge gets open/save/cancel prompts for downloads
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The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser will get open, save, and cancel prompts when files are downloaded in version 87 out later this year.
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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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