Temoprary files on OS X vs Windows

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by guru_ck, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. guru_ck macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    So this really annoys me about OS X and maybe there is a fix.

    Every time I open any type of document OS X saves it to my downloads folder which eventually gets cluttered with random files that I only wanted to view once and then I have to go and clear them out manually.

    On Windows whenever you "open" a file it saves it to some temporary directory where you never see the files and Windows automatically deletes them.

    Is there a way to accomplish this in OS X?
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    this is how Mac OS X handles downloaded files... there is no temp folder. if you want a file to open automatically after downloading it check "Open "safe" files after downloading" in Safari's preferences. this has its usual security risks though.

    Safari can view pdfs and images so these files arent saved to the downloads folder unless you want them to.

    i would love for Safari to have inbuilt iWork file viewing support plus microsoft word, powerpoint and excel file file viewing support for my uni docs.
  3. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    I heard in OSX 10.5 leopard, there i a download folder?

    I know in Tiger 10.4, OSX is using desktop as temp download folder.

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