Safari: ask where to save files

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by NedBookPro, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. NedBookPro macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    Hello all...

    Every other mainstream browser has it, and it's been that way since the very beginning (1990's) for most borwsers:

    An option to "ask where to save files" rather automatically download to a specific location.

    Is anyone (someone from apple chime in here) able to explain why this fundamental feature is missing.

    What's the reasoning? It would seem obvious that being able to select the download location (at the time of download) would be a good thing. I know some people may not want it, but I can't figure out for the life of me why apple wouldn't at least have that as an option.

    I know that right clicking gives this as an option, but that's a clumsy and unproductive way of doing what would be a simple task.

    It's the only annoyance that's holding me back from using safari as the default browser.

    Anyone know why this isn't a feature?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Right-click on a link and select "Download Linked File As...". It's very simple and quick. It's not clumsy or unproductive. It's less productive to force Safari to ask every time for a download location, rather than have one default location you can set yourself, then use the right-click method when you want an alternate location.
  3. NedBookPro thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    Yeah, I know this "trick" already.

    Problem is, sometimes you don't know if the link is actually linked to a file or not, or it might be the case where a file transfer will automatically start, and it's annoying in that case that you don't get the chance to actually tell it where to download to.

    I am just curious as to why apple would leave this out as an option, which all the other major browsers include. At least make it an option. The big question that befuddles me is why it isn't.
  4. jwreeder macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2014
    That does not work when the download link calls a javascript function to perform the download or if the download link is an image. The only solution I have come up with in this situation is don't use Safari. It makes more sense to allow the user to make the decision as to whether or not it is "clumsy or unproductive".
  5. Diacritical macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2014
    Fewer and fewer sights are actually providing links to the target file. The last thing I need is a 40th copy of in the one download folder Apple has decided is appropriate for downloads. They really need to fix these small things to make their product a little more friendly.
  6. fakename1957 macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2014
    Typically I agree with the Mac ethos of stripping features from core products, but really none of the workarounds are full proof or acceptable.

    For example: when PDFs open up in a frame there is no "save frame as..." when you control click. I'm also not enough of organizational maven to regularly clean out the downloads folder, so if I'm doing a literature review, I end up with 12 PDFs with cryptic default names in a folder with 40-50 junk downloads that I have to individually, open, and rename.

    I guess the easiest work around is "Use Chrome."
  7. Eddie the Eagle macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2015
    We know the following:
    * This was done deliberately. Not only in Safari, but also in other programs such as Preview.
    * ITunes has been designed entirely around a principle of not letting the user put music files into specific folders.

    To me it seems pretty clear what Apple is doing. It would be a suicide, if it was't for the fact that Microsoft already leads the suicide game with a pretty strong margin thanks to Windows 8.
  8. Shizart macrumors newbie


    Sep 17, 2015
    In cpanel file management this does not work. There are many other situations (javascript links) that also don't work. The fact that I can't choose where to download each and every file is very frustrating. Almost as lame as the new Photos tool, but not quite.

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