Thanks, but I have tried control-click (no right-click) and "download linked file as" ... but as noted by casualhacker, that does not work in every situation, and certainly not in mine. I am trying to download attachments from GoDaddy Webmail -- and I end up with a file extension "php.html" which is of little use.
FYI: I just tried it again to make sure. Same result.
I am, however, usng TheGman21's suggestion. It's helpful (thank you!), although it does not solve the issue completely. Ultimately, I will most likely begin using a different browser.
I am done "whinging" about this!
Count me in as another very annoyed whinger about this issue. It's not that I can't move them. Of course I *can*. It's that because it doesn't ask me AT THE TIME OF INITIAL DOWNLOAD where I want them to go, I don't end up moving them, resulting in an unruly and out of control download folder and a difficulty finding anything.
What's frustrating, as others pointed out, is that adding a preference for prompting is an easy solution that every other internet browser offers, so it's sort of mind boggling that it hasn't been fixed. There's no argument for leaving it as is.
And, count me. I guess I'm a "whinger" too. When the most basic of concepts is missing from a product by a company that is supposed to be on the edge, and always moving forward, then something is wrong.
You don't know me, so you can't know my knowledge and/or understanding of my Mac. To blindly call people "whingers" does nothing more than try to make yourself feel above us, better than us.
I LOVE Mac, and rarely speak up publicly about my concerns. This one just blows my mind, though. I can not work efficiently when using Safari because I am not able to pick and choose where I download files to on a case by case basis. Being that I work in a field that requires a lot of downloading, from many sources, (thus the need for organization,) I simply have to use a different browser.
If we can't express our frustration in hopes of learning a workaround, or drawing attention from someone who can make a difference, then the whole point of Apple is lost. Steve Jobs always said, it's about the customer first; the technology has to move to meet the customer, not the other way around.
That's my opinion, at least.
That works sometimes, but it depends on the site you're visiting. For example, if I'm downloading images from iStockPhoto they've got some tricky stuff going on in the background and you never actually see the correct link to the file - instead, when you right-click and select 'Download Linked File As...' you only get to save a PHP page. So we really DO need the ability to have a finder-style window come up and choose the destination.
Straydogstudio's Right-click > Download File As solution doesn't work on my school's website, from which I have to download tons of powerpoints and handouts. It isn't even an option in the right-click menu, which only has Save Page As for saving options. These aren't direct links to the file.
It's frustrating not only because I can't choose where they go (e.g. which class's folder), but I can't rename them right then and there into something sensical rather than "Wk%201%20class%201_outline." Which means I often can't download them all in a row, because then I wouldn't know what each of them was until I opened it. So I download one to my desktop, rename it, and then move it, then go back and download the next one. It's extremely cumbersome.
I guess I'm a whiner too, since I don't consider moving files around from one place to another very efficient. I want the file to be downloaded in it's final resting place. BTW sometimes that's a network location and moving it there after the fact is just tedious and slow. Might as well add that extra time into the downloads that are already slow. Right clicking as already mentioned does not work, as a download is not always a "link". Often it's client code (java, ajax you name it) that redirects and cannot be accessed through a right click. Come on Apple, get with the program and add "ask where to save" as an option in preferences.
This is, without a doubt, Safari's biggest caveat. I just finished importing all my bookmarks from Chrome to Safari, deciding to give it a try after many years hoping the experience had improved (especially based on what I'd seen, it's so fluid and well-ingrained with the OS). Only to find that I can't choose where I want to download things by default. No, have to right-click and "Save As", basically, even though there are so many links that won't work on. APPLE, PLEASE. Give us back the option to choose where we want to download each and every file we click on. The lack of this feature sticks out like a sore thumb.
I keep trying to forget and live with this issue with Safari, and now on the umpteenth time I've looked at this specific page trying to find a solution, I feel compelled to add my support for what is an absolutely ridiculous oversight. I agree that straydog's 'solution' isn't a solution at all, and downloading to a single 'downloads' folder and having to enter this, rename the file and then save it somewhere else is frustratingly inefficient...
There don't seem to be any extensions in the Safari Extensions Gallery but surely it wouldn't be too difficult to write something that would address this issue?
Please, if you have the capability (and time!) to develop this extension, it would be really appreciated!
I am astonished by the fact that not even the upgrade to Yosemite has solved this ridiculously silly coding mistake. I swear on anything I care for that I waited for months for this update just to see this issue solved in the new Safari.
Now I got flat icons, a nicer top sites and I can surf through the tabs. Big deal.
I still don't get to choose where in the darn **** I want my downloads stored. I'm just mindblown.
I agree with most of the rest of the posters here, yes, you *can* find work rounds, but it's not as easy as downloading particular files to a place that's logical for *me*; I like nested folders. I like to download files to the relevant folder. If I want it there & then, there's the list of recent downloads to get it from. If I'm just downloading it in advance, then it's already in the logical location when I want to do something with it.
It's purely a case of giving users a choice of what suits their work style best.
I decided to give Safari another chance after watching the Yosemite launch video say how the performance had been improved.
But I've hit this problem again which annoys me so much that I felt motivated to post here.
- I want to be able to set the download location for each file - much easier than having to open the Downloads folder and move files to their desired location.
- Some sites give files a funny name so I want to be able to override the file name prior to download.
Especially if it's a large download that is going to take a long time.
With other browsers I can set the filename and destination and let it get on with it.
With Safari I have to remember to keep checking whether the download has finished and then go back and rename/move the file.
Apple recently accepted user feedback and reversed the decision about the PCALC IOS 8 widget.
Can we hope that they will now give users the "prompt for download location"?