Finding files after downloading.

Current web browsers now keep track of recently downloaded files, and allow those files to be opened from a list. While these browsers have methods for showing this list by going through menus, these menus can be customized or hidden, so this note only shows keyboard combinations.

A few notes on the keyboard combinations listed for each browser:

  • Anything inside a set of <> is the key that needs to be pressed.
  • The + means that the keys need to be pressed at the same time.
  • The letter keys are capitalized in the following examples; this is not necessary when performing these steps on your computer.
  • The Apple key on a Mac keyboard will have a small apple and/or a four leaf clover design on it


  • Internet Explorer 9 and higher - < Ctrl > + < J >
  • Microsoft Edge - <Ctrl>+<J>
  • Mozilla Firefox¬† - < Ctrl > + < J >
  • Google Chrome - < Ctrl > + < J >


  • Safari - < Alt > + < Apple > + < L >
  • Mozilla Firefox - < Ctrl > + < J >
  • Google Chrome - < Apple > + < Shift > + < J >

 ON iPad or iPhone:

  • Click the downloaded files button, usually near the top of the Safari window
  • If you do not see the downloaded files button, exit Safari, then look for and open the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • In the Files app, look for and tap either Recents, or Downloads, to see a list of downloaded files.

FOR AOL - These steps are the same regardless of using Windows or Macintosh

  • On the AOL menu bar, click File, then click Download Manager.
  • In the Download Manager window, click the file you want to find and highlight it.
  • Click the Find File button.

The following slide show illustrates using the Ctrl + J key combination on Windows: