A minor Firefox OSX annoyance | Rickard Andersson

A minor Firefox OSX annoyance

Maybe someone can help me with this. When you click a link to a file in Firefox, you get the “open” or “save as” box. If you select “save as”, Firefox saves the document to your default save directory. Perfect. This works exactly the way I like it in both Windows and OSX. Now, if I select “open”, I want Firefox to download the document to some temporary directory and then open it from there. Problem is, in OSX, it downloads the document to my default save directory and then opens it from there. That’s not what I want! I tend to select “open” for stuff I am likely to be interested in opening only once. That means I have no interest in actually storing the file on my harddrive. Particularly not on my desktop (which is my default save directory). One example of files I only have interest in opening once is torrents.

In Windows, when you select “open”, the file is downloaded to some temporary directory instead. Where this is I don’t care, as long as it’s out of sight. I much prefer this method to the way it works in OSX. Is this perhaps configurable?


  1. Posted February 9, 2007 at 22:23 | Permalink

    Use Opera. :)

  2. Smartys
    Posted February 11, 2007 at 19:11 | Permalink

    Read the comments, they explain how you can trick Firefox into working the way you want it :P

  3. Posted February 11, 2007 at 19:46 | Permalink

    Hallelujah! Setting the default download directory in Safari to some temporary directory solved the problem. Thanks a bunch man :)

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