Stop Auto-Downloading in Safari

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ZicklePop, May 31, 2005.

  1. ZicklePop macrumors member

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    #1
    When I surf the web, I click on interesting links every once and a while, sometimes they end up being files and Safari automatically downloads it, how do I make it ask me before it goes downloading wildly? This is a big security flaw, if not, annoying-ware flaw.
     
  2. TrashCanDan macrumors member

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    #2
    The only security flaw I can see in that is if it automatically opens the file after downloading, which can fixed by (Safari Preferences/General/uncheck "Open safe files after downloading").
     
  3. James Philp macrumors 65816

    James Philp

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    #3
    I was going to say this, but realized that it's not the answer to the question per-se.
    It's not a security flaw that things d/l automatically, but it is if they open automatically - which CAN be stopped.
    However, I can see that it is ANNOYING that things download straight away. For me though, it would be MORE annoying if every time I wanted to download something Safari asked me over and over for confirmation.
    For now I'll take the odd file I don't want and just trash it rather than constant reminders.
     
  4. jtibbitt macrumors regular

    jtibbitt

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    #4
    Had to resurrect this old thread. I'd like to be able to use Safari to view text files, instead of automatically downloading them. When I click on a text file using Firefox, the contents of the file are displayed on the screen; it is not downloaded. But when I use Safari to click on a text file, it is downloaded, not displayed. Anyone know how to change the behavior of Safari?
     
  5. dicer999 macrumors newbie

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    #5
    If you get a free app called Afloat, then set the downloads box to be always on top.

    Doesn't stop it but makes it easier to see.
     
  6. kulimer macrumors 6502

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    #6
    Does anyone have any solutions to this? It is now 2011 December, the OP was in 2005.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    #7
    No, you can't prevent auto-downloading, but you can prevent auto-opening of downloaded files, as already mentioned. Nothing has changed on this issue.
     

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