Blank page in Safari after downloading?!?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iforbes, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. iforbes macrumors 6502

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    Every time I hit a download link in Safari I am brought to a blank page with a tab titled "Untitled". The download works as expected but the blank pages get pretty annoying.

    Is there any way to turn this behavior off?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Do you have "Block Pop-Up Windows" checked in Safari?
     
  3. iforbes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I do. However, even if I turn it off, I still get the Untitled blank pages.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It doesn't always help, but it's good to keep that checked. Also, you can sometimes avoid the blank page by right-clicking a download link and selecting "Download linked file" or Option-clicking the link.
     
  5. iforbes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Option clicking the link definitely works (thanks)...but it begs the question...is there no way to make this the default behavior?
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, because if you made downloading the default, then you'd have to hold Option while clicking a link that you didn't want to download.
     
  7. iforbes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So Safari is not smart enough to know the difference between a download link and a 'regular' link? I never got blank windows using Firefox or Chrome or IE, so it seems odd that I get it using Safari.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I think it may have more to do with the design of the website, rather than the browser. I usually don't get such blank pages, but infrequently I do on certain sites. I recall the same with Firefox and IE.
     
  9. iforbes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I can't remember ever getting blank pages in firefox or chrome when clicking on a download line, yet it happens regularly in Safari.

    Seems like there are a couple of lines of code that are missing in Safari. :(
     

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