In which folder / directory OS-X stores a file downloaded by Chrome, Safaris, Firefox

I was downloading a MS Office update & half way through, it got disconnected
from Internet.  In which directory such an update (possibly a patch?) is stored
if I use Chrome, Safari & Firefox?

Also which are the directories on my Macbook Pro (OS X mountain lion) should
I look for if I want to housekeep (temporary) files that were
1. downloaded by the 3 browsers
2. temp files created by MS Word, Excel, Ppt & Outlook
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Eoin OSullivanConnect With a Mentor ConsultantCommented:
If you DON'T have AutoRecovery enabled then Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, etc.) create temporary files when you open an existing document ... these are quite hard to locate as they are stored in randomly named folders inside the following folders


Word Temp files look like this  the number inside the braces is a random set of numbers and digits
~Word Work File S{123434534].tmp

As Spotlight does not index this folder .. to locate I'd recommend you get a copy of the FREE program EasyFind

It can search the entire computer including all the hidden folders

Look for Files containing the words "Work File" in the filename.  You'll be able to locate the folder and HOPEFULLY recover files ..

I'd assume Excel/Powerpoint files are similarly named
Tapan PattanaikConnect With a Mentor Senior EngineerCommented:
Hi sunhux,

Please check the default download location. (Please check these links)

How to change default download location in IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari:
sunhuxAuthor Commented:
What about Q2:

> 2. temp files created by MS Word, Excel, Ppt & Outlook
Eoin OSullivanConnect With a Mentor ConsultantCommented:
MS Office products save all their data inside the "Microsoft User Data" folder which is inside your Documents Folder inside you user Home folder.

Autorecovery/Temp files should be in a folder similar to the one below

/Users/yourusername/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office 2011 AutoRecovery/

NOTE: This only works if you have the AutoRecovery feature in Word's Save preferences turned on.
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