Why do things SAVE instead of OPENING?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jason2811, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2006
    Why is it that when I click a download link and tell Firefox to OPEN a .pdf or .jpg or etc. file it opens it AND also saves it to my desktop? Is there a way so that when I choose OPEN it ONLY opens the file and doesn't save it to my desktop? Thanks.
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I don't use Firefox because it grinds my gears but even so, if you open a file it has to be saved somewhere. You can probably opt to choose a different destination but it'll have to be saved nonetheless. Browsers that don't appear to be saving files and appear to just let you open them are usually actually saving the file in a temporary folder somewhere. No matter what, it'll end up on your hard disk.

    I imagine the Preferences would have an option to change where files are located when they're opened/saved. Have you looked through there? :)

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