Help me not download .pdfs I don't want!
September 19, 2007 7:28 PM Subscribe
How do I keep Firefox from saving every .pdf file I look at onto my desktop?
posted by escabeche to computers & internet (16 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I love everything about my new Mac except one thing. When I view a .pdf file in Firefox (using either Preview or Adobe Reader) the file is automatically saved to Desktop. Since I look at dozens of .pdfs every day, this means that there are tons and tons of random files cluttering up my desktop. What's more, since these .pdfs are often from the arXiv or Math Reviews, they have meaningless filenames, so I have to open each one in order to see whether it's something I want to trash.
What I would like: either a) to be able to view .pdfs in Firefox without downloading the file to my Mac at all; or b) to have the download automatically go to a folder "Temp Downloads," which I would trash every once in a while. What's more, for the files I _do_ actually want to keep, I would like it if it prompted me to choose a filename for the download -- as it is, I seem to have no choice except for the meaningless filename that the file comes with.
I've already tried changing the Preferences in Firefox to the Temp Downloads folder -- this works for ordinary downloads, but the .pdfs I view still go to the desktop. I installed the PDF Download plugin, which also didn't help.
Using OS/X 10.4.10, Intel processor, Firefox 18.104.22.168, if this matters. Any ideas, or am I fated to a life of tedious Desktop cleaning?