Blank page in Safari after downloading?!?

iforbes

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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?
 

GGJstudios

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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?
Do you have "Block Pop-Up Windows" checked in Safari?
 

GGJstudios

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

iforbes

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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?
 

GGJstudios

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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?
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.
 

iforbes

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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.
 

GGJstudios

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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.
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.
 

iforbes

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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.
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. :(