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Ask Where to Save Files in Safari 5

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ebh5348 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 10, 2012 3:54 PM

I know that a user used to be able to change the Preference in Safari that the user is asked where to save files that they want to download.  This feature appears to be gone from Safari 5.


Is there a way to get this back?  If not are there any sort of workarounds?  I am an artist and I save a lot of different files when I go looking for references so I want to be able to do that.


I currently am using FireFox, but I find that it is started to get very bloated.  Chrome could work, but I find that even with ad blocker add-ons, it still does not stop the annoying ads.  Safari would seem to be a perfect alternative, but I cannot use it without being able to download files to different locations.


Thanks for any information.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,710 points)
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    Jun 10, 2012 3:57 PM (in response to ebh5348)

    Safari>Preferences>General>Save Downloaded files to>Select the location that you want to use.


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  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,710 points)
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    Jun 10, 2012 4:17 PM (in response to ebh5348)

    Yes that clarifies it. I apologize. The "Ask me where to save files" preference that Fire Fox has is what you are looking for in Safari 5. I do not think is is available from what I have seen. It should certainly be in the preferences and I don't see it anywhere in the preferences.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,650 points)
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    Jun 10, 2012 6:22 PM (in response to ebh5348)

    Right-click on a file link and select Download Linked File As... from the popup menu. It may not always do what you expect, depending on how the link is coded.

  • Larry Mullen Jr Calculating status...
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    Nov 24, 2012 12:36 PM (in response to ebh5348)



    There is a simple solution using Automator. You can create a folder action Workflow to move the files added to the downloads folder and ask you where to save them every time. If you are not sure on how to use Automator let me know. Once you create the workflow you problem is solved. Hope this helps:

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  • mattpicc Calculating status...
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    Nov 25, 2012 11:55 AM (in response to Larry Mullen Jr)

    Larry, I am interested in doing this.  This feature is basically the only reason that I won't switch to Safari.  I have been trying to find out how to do this for months, but I don't know how to use the Automator.  Would you be able to give me a step by step tutorial?


    Thanks for any help.

  • Larry Mullen Jr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 4:50 AM (in response to mattpicc)



    1. Open Automator App. Where it says Choose a type for your document select Folder Action and then click Choose:


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    2. On the top where it says Folder Action receives files and folder added to, select Dowloads.

    3. Now on the left column on the Library select Files & Folders and on the next column double click on Move Finder Items.

    4. Now a box appears on the right and click Options, and then check the box on Show this action when the workflow runs.

    5. Go to File and Save it. Then you will name your workflow as you want and save it.




    6. Quit Automator and go to Safari to test what you did in Automator by downloading a file. If it works Safari will pop up a window that says Move Finder Items. Here you will choose where to locate it, and also if you want to replace any existing files with the same name.


    Let me know if it works.

  • mattpicc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 9:29 AM (in response to Larry Mullen Jr)

    Thanks so much!  This worked great.  Why wouldn't everyone try to do this?  This is a much needed feature.

  • Trakl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 7:25 AM (in response to Larry Mullen Jr)

    Arg. I followed the process you described, Larry, but I wasn't very happy with the results. First, while you do get the option to save the file wherever you like, you do not get the option to rename it as you do so. Second, I now can't find where the heck the folder action I created is stored (doesn't show up in Spotlight, which is maddening) so I can't delete it. I am not a power user and should have known better than to start messing around with Automator.

  • shortybiscuit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 13, 2012 1:27 PM (in response to Trakl)

    It worked for me, except that it didn't ask for a filename.I added a step to the workflow which asks to rename the file before moving it. But, it should not need this much effort. They really need to have it ask where you would like to save the file each time.

  • Mark_Iliev Calculating status...
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    Apr 7, 2014 12:50 PM (in response to shortybiscuit)

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