The Legendary Internet Explorer Download Feature Is Back On Edge Chromium


With the latest Edge Insider build for Canary Channel (87.0.629.0), Microsoft has announced the Open/Save As/Save/Cancel download prompts feature.

You may remember the Internet Explorer and Legacy Edge for a few reasons, and one of them is the download options offered by the web browsers.

When downloading a setup file, both browsers allow you to execute the EXE file to install an app without saving it permanently by clicking on the ‘Run’ or ‘Open’ option. What happens in the background is that the file gets saved in a temporary folder and gets deleted automatically when the browser is closed.

That way, your download folder doesn’t get cluttered with setup files you’ll probably never use again. While many thought the feature would get buried in the past with the old browsers, thankfully, Microsoft is bringing it back in an upcoming version of the new Edge Browser.

Furthermore, Microsoft has also added the ability to delete downloaded files from within the Edge Chromium browser in the Canary build. Right now, you can only clear files from the Downloads page in the stable version of the browser.

How to enable Download prompts in Edge Chromium?

While the download prompts feature is available in the latest Edge Chromium Canary build, it isn’t enabled right off the bat. You can head over to the edge://settings/downloads. Here, click on the toggle button that says, “Ask me what to do with each download.”

As you might already know, the ‘Open’ option lets you install apps without saving their setup file. The other options include ‘Save As’ (save a file with a custom name at custom location), ‘Save’ (Save with default name at default location), and ‘Cancel’ to prevent the file from being downloaded.

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, Apple Watch, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at [email protected]
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