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Monitor Safari download progress on the desktop Web Browsers
The download icons for Safari are dynamic (under 10.3, at least). While Safari is downloading a file to a location like the Desktop, Safari will create a download icon. The icon will have a progress bar that runs horizontally across the bottom of it. This progress bar updates itself as the download proceeds, allowing you to monitor the how far along the download associated with that icon is without having to refer to the Downloads window in the Safari browser.

[robg add: This hint was submitted by someone else a while back, and I had accidentally deleted it from the queue ... and then forgotten about it completely. So my apologies to the original submitter, whoever you are. The ability to watch download progress without having Safari in the foreground is definitely a nice touch.]
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Monitor Safari download progress on the desktop
Authored by: inertia186 on Apr 26, '04 11:59:09AM

This is a nice feature, but not new to the Mac. Microsoft Internet Explorer had this feature first.



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Authored by: grahams on Apr 26, '04 04:33:25PM

And I believe NetPositive under BeOS had it before IE.



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Authored by: kray on Apr 26, '04 06:58:35PM

I have to say, "so what?" I had this in the 80's using my C=64... :)



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Authored by: thoughton on Apr 26, '04 05:54:08PM

iGetter downloads have had this for quite a while too - at least a year or so - http://www.igetter.net/



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Authored by: bcs on Apr 28, '04 09:58:11AM

Yes, the download icon is nice. Anyone know how to prevent the Downloads window from popping up, since we have the icon now?



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Monitor Safari download progress on the desktop
Authored by: andrianlee on May 30, '10 04:11:36AM

Does anybody know how to enable or disable the new safari download icon?
On my mac it doesn't appear at all. I am running Leopard 10.6.3 and the current version of Safari is 4.0.5. The download icon should be there on the dock when i download something, but instead there is just the traditional download window.



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