Download Programs, Songs, or Other File Types with Windows 8 - dummies

Download Programs, Songs, or Other File Types with Windows 8

By Andy Rathbone

Internet Explorer, which comes with Windows 8, provides several ways for you to save interesting tidbits of information for your personal use. Sometimes downloading is as easy as clicking a website’s Click to Download Now button. When the website asks where to save your file, choose your Downloads folder for easy retrieval. The file usually arrives within a few seconds.

But when a website lacks a Click to Download Now button, you need to take a few extra steps:

  1. Right-click the link pointing to your desired file and choose Save Target As.

    For example, to download a song from a website, right-click its link (a song title, for example). Then choose Save Target As from the pop-up menu.

    When you try to download a program, Windows asks whether you want to Save the File or Run It from Its Current Location. Choose Save the File.

  2. Navigate to your Downloads folder, if necessary, and click the Save button.

    Windows 8 normally offers to save the incoming file into the same folder your last download landed in, saving you the trouble of navigating to it. (You can see Downloads listed in the folder’s Navigation Pane.) But if you prefer to download it to a different place — your Music library, for example, when downloading a song — navigate to that location and click the Save button.


No matter what type of file you’re downloading, Windows 8 begins copying the file from the website to your hard drive. A window appears to tell you when it finishes downloading, and you can click the Open Folder button to open the folder harboring your downloaded file.

Many downloaded files come packaged in a tidy folder with a zipper on it, known as a Zip file. Windows 8 treats them like normal folders; just double-click them to see inside them. (The files are actually compressed inside that folder to save download time, if you care about the engineering involved.) To extract copies of the zipped files, right-click the zipped file and choose Extract All.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.