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Status: New idea

Dear Firefox team,

It is good that I can choose to a) open a file with Firefox, b) open it in a different app or c) download it.

It is not good that all three of those actions lead to the file being downloaded into the specified download folder.

I'm aware of the ability to choose this folder in the settings. However, I would really appreciate the option to choose a different folder for files that are just viewed vs. files that are intensional downloads.

I understand that files need to be stored locally in order to be displayed or opened. So I would kindly suggest to differentiate two local folders:

Case c) DOWNLOADING files: Store the files in the specified downloads folder

Cases a) and b) OPENING files: Please store the files in a temp subfolder of the specified downloads folder (or allow specification of another folder in the settings)

This would allow me to bulk delete everything from my downloads/temp folder every once in a while, while decluttering my downloads folder, which would then only store intended downloads.

Thanks for considering (and opefully getting rid of this nuisance, as has also been pointed out in support requests like this:!




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Strollin' around

Yes I agree !

Since the "improvement" of update Firefox 98.0, "Ask Me for downloads" no longer works.

It's really annoying !

At least I wish I had an option to choose the behavior.


New member

Agreed and upvoted. Please bring back the old functionality - I'm pretty sure no user wants this new method, and I'm sure most users are unwittingly clogging their Downloads folder this way. I wanted Firefox to ask me each time with pdfs for specific reasons, but now I can't. When I select to open the file in the browser, it downloads it to my desktop as well. The only workaround I've found is to let files open in Firefox every time, which I do not want, either. Completely ridiculous.