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Download links from external sources in Safari Web Browsers
It should be well-known that you can option-click a link in Safari to force it to download. This is very helpful for image, PDF, and text file links which would otherwise display in Safari. What about when you get a link in an email or other document? Option-click in Mail doesn't download it; it just loads it in your default browser as if normally clicked.

Try this instead. Select the link in Mail and copy it. In Mail, just Control-click and select Copy Link from the menu. In a text-based apps, you'll have to select the whole link and copy it, unless it provides a similar link discovery feature. Open a new window in Safari and paste the link into the address box, then oress Option-Return instead of a plain Return. Safari will behave like you Option-clicked the URL. I'm sure this could be automated somehow, but I'm too lazy to figure that stuff out!

[robg adds: As noted in this earlier hint, another (possibly simpler) option is to paste the link directly into Safari's Downloads window.]
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Download links from external sources in Safari
Authored by: zpjet on Nov 05, '08 09:15:39AM

you can as well drag the link and drop it to Downloads window.



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Download links from external sources in Safari
Authored by: PopMcGee on Nov 05, '08 10:12:14AM

If the link is in the clipboard, you can also bring the downloads window to the front and paste (cmd-V).



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Download links from external sources in Safari
Authored by: kyngchaos on Nov 05, '08 10:57:49AM

(I probably didn't go far back enough in my search to find this downloads window trick - too many results from my search)

When there is no window open in Safari and you activate Safari with the Dock, it doesn't really matter:

  1. Click safari in the Dock - activates Safari and opens a new window
  2. Paste
  3. Option-return
  4. Close empty window

OR

  1. Click safari in the Dock - activates Safari and opens a new window
  2. Close empty window
  3. Cmd-option-L for Downloads window
  4. Paste

If you activate Safari with the app switcher, or there is already a window open, then the Downloads window can be simpler:

  1. Activate Safari (could be many extra tabs to get to it in App Switcher)
  2. Cmd-option-L for Downloads window
  3. Paste

Personally, I rarely use the app switcher.



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Download links from external sources in Safari
Authored by: morespace54 on Nov 05, '08 11:29:02AM

I'm not in front of my 10.5 machine right now but I remember using the VerifiedDownloadAgent app (in /System -> Library -> CoreServices) back in 10.4...



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Download links from external sources in Safari
Authored by: mark hunte on Nov 05, '08 01:37:45PM
In Mail.app v3.5 on 10.5.5

You can control click the link, and select Download Linked File.

The file or file of the html page or what ever is the target of the link, will end up in your downloads folder..
not sure how far this goes back?

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Download links from external sources in Safari
Authored by: kyngchaos on Nov 06, '08 08:17:11AM

Oooohhhh. How very strange, my brain must have blocked this because all I saw originally was "Copy Link" - you see what you want to see, I guess. But there it is!



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Download links from external sources in Safari
Authored by: CyberSkull on Nov 05, '08 02:26:15PM

I just paste the link in the download window in Safari. I usually do this when I copy a URL from the activity viewer (often flash movies because they play poorly in-browser) and it downloads just fine.



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