How to open files without downloading?

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

  1. astarzyk macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2008
    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


    Dec 2, 2003
    What OS are you on? PDF should just open up right in a safari window.
  3. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    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

    Feb 5, 2008
    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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