FIX: Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded

This error can appear in Internet Explorer when you try to download a file that Windows thinks is not safe or when Downloads have been completely blocked.  Then how do you download the file? I will explain it step by step.


Enable File Download in Internet Explorer

To stop the message [symple_highlight color=”red”]Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded[/symple_highlight] from appearing in Internet Explorer you’ll have to re-enable downloads.It’s easier then you might think.

1. Open Internet Explorer and click the cogwheel on the right side and choose Internet Options.

Internet Explorer: Internet Options
Internet Explorer: Internet Options

2. Then click the Security tab and choose Custom Level

Internet Options: Security
Internet Options: Security

3. Then find the category Downloads, and set File Download to Enable

File Download: Enable
File Download: Enable

4. Then click OK, Confirm the settings by clicking Yes, then click OK again.


You should now be able to download files again. If you ever wish to block file downloading again then under step 3 set File Download to disable.

About the Author

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows
Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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