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Use option-return to download files in Safari 1.2 Web Browsers
This was something I was missing from IE. If you put a file URL in the location bar and hit option-return, it will download the file to your specified Downloads folder. No fuss, no muss.
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Use option-return to download files in Safari 1.2
Authored by: drfreak on Feb 10, '04 12:18:32PM

And, oh my gawd, you can finally drag pictures to the desktop or elsewhere without Safari downloading it AGAIN.

Previously, Safari would not just use the image from the cache, but instead download a fresh and shiny new one. This has always pushed me towards Camino for this type of duty. No longer!

Maybe that's even worth a hint of its own. For me at least.



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Use option-return to download files in Safari 1.2
Authored by: deviladv on Feb 10, '04 02:52:54PM

GRRRRRR...

In 1.1 they had this in the right click menu... I wondered where this went. Must have been a serious amount of requests to put this on a key command so people could map it to a mouse button... sheesh...

Would have been nice if there was a "changes" readme for Safari 1.2 that explained this as well. Was this in the help?



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right-click still there.
Authored by: skippingrock on Feb 10, '04 04:21:54PM

It is still there, as far as I see.

Control/Right-Click on a page and select
"Save Page as..."

Does the same thing.

-aj



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right-click still there.
Authored by: Cantus on Feb 10, '04 08:18:46PM

Not in the location bar, though.



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Use option-return to download files in Safari 1.2
Authored by: sjk on Feb 10, '04 10:30:18PM

Yeah, it's shortsighted of Apple not to announce UI changes, however obvious or subtle they might be.



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Not exactly the same
Authored by: zacht on Feb 11, '04 10:46:53AM

In 1.1, you could download something to your Download folder via the contextual menu item, without having a Save dialog pop up. This is changed in 1.2---a save dialog always comes up.

zach



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Not exactly the same
Authored by: mccabem on Mar 09, '04 03:22:35PM
I used to gripe that when I wanted to save a file ONLY ONCE via the Contextual Menu's (CM's) "Download Linked File" option to a location other than the default download folder, that I'd have to make TWO trips to the General Pref's to set and reset the Download folder.

The new way is very kludgey feeling (maybe cuz I'm getting used to it), but the direct download to the Downloads folder has been moved from just a Right Click, to an Option+Right Click. (You can press option before or after you Right Click, btw....doesn't matter.)

It'll change between Download Linked File As.. and Download Linked File depending on whether you have the Option key pressed at the time you actually select the contextual menu item.

I guess Apple is implying that if you just want to download a given link straight away, you need to Option+Click the link.

If you want to set a special target directory for the download, you go to the CM with a Right Click.



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