How to open files without downloading?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by astarzyk, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. astarzyk macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I've been using the mac for a while but haven't found the answer to this and it drives me crazy - is there a way to open files from the internet/my email (Word/PDF, etc) without having them download to my desktop as well? It's a pain having to go delete all the files I just wanted to have a quick look at.
     
  2. motulist macrumors 601

    motulist

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    #2
    What OS are you on? PDF should just open up right in a safari window.
     
  3. miniConvert macrumors 68040

    miniConvert

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    Change the download location so it's not shoving everything on your desktop. When you 'open' something in Windows it still downloads it, it just shoves it in a temporary folder. All my Mac downloads go into a folder and, thanks to spotlight, finding the ones I actually want to use again is easy.

    My download folder must be getting pretty sizeable! ;)
     
  4. astarzyk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm on OSX 10.4.

    Okay, so I'll create a downloads folder somewhere away from my desktop - but I guess the files will just stay there forever until I delete them, no way to make them temporary? That should help anyway, to remove the clutter.
     

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