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    Viewing pdf or doc on 'net always downlods
    Hi,

    It seems that whenever I view a .pdf or word .doc on the internet, it causes a download into my downloads folder. How can I stop this from happening?

    Mark

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    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    That is what happens. When you double click on the item, it is downloaded to your machine and then opens. Normal behaviour. Just purge your Downloads folder from time to time.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Thanks. Seems very odd coming from the PC world.

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    That is what happens. When you double click on the item, it is downloaded to your machine and then opens. Normal behaviour.
    On second thought, when on a webpage and click on a link or doc to read, a window pops up and asks if I wish to "open" or save. When choosing "open", it still saves to my download folder.

    Is that right? (sorry for the dumb question, but I mostly work on PC)

    Mark

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    If you're using Firefox or Opera, just like on the PC, you'll need a plugin to display it in the browser.

    Safari and Chrome come with plugins built-in.

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    What web browser are you using?
    I was equally annoyed by my rapidly filling downloads folder--primarily because I always felt like I needed to sort through it in case I forgot to move something that I actually needed before I deleted everything. In Firefox (which is what I use) you can change the preferences (under the "general" tab) so that it always asks you where you want to save your downloads. If you use this option, whenever you want to actually keep something that you are downloading, just use the save instead of download. Then you can just periodically purge your downloads folder (without having to sort through it).

    There may be a better way to do this, but if there is, I don't know it.

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