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With version 98.0 the saving of .exe files won't ''ask me'' if i want to save the file like in previous versions.I read that the default saving attitude now is auto-saving. I have changed to ''always ask'' most of my content type like it was before, but the .exe type is missing. Please fix this on next version because a misclick - autosaving a .exe file can make things pretty bad. I have tried finding the ''Old Firefox'' folder in order to replace my old prefs.js but i guess newer versions have stopped using that folder.So please fix it.

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So glad I'm not the other one.  The downloads are one of the reasons I have always preferred Firefox over Chrome.  It makes no sense for me to have to download say, an html document, instead of having the option to just open it in the browser.

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Yes, please revert. I hate the new download system. Until then, I suppose I'll set up an alternate browser for my banking transactions and download heavy applications.

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+1000  to what everyone else has said.  That was one of the only real features that kept me from using Chrome.  How presumptive of the FireFox Developers to think that by removing this feature they were making a better user experience.   And The setting to always open a file with a certain app isn't a solution... 

Use case: As a designer / web developer, I often use stockphotos and when I click to download one, I don't always want it to open in Photoshop, sometimes Illustrator, sometimes windows photo viewer or sometimes just save it in a certain folder...  I want the option back!


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The new download system is very annoying.  Everyone in our office uses Firefox (4 people) and we are all extremely annoyed by the new download system.  We need to have the ability to download each file into a separate directory for our different clients.  This now requires a 2 step process (download and then move the file to another directory) rather than the old one.  We will now have to explore using a different browser that fits our download needs.

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Downgraded to the previous version and canceled the future updates. It's now annoying me with Dismissing the reminders but it still less annoying, than the issue with downloads.

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Please reverse the download behavior change. It's absolutely annoying and totally disrupts my workflow.
Many thanks to Ujudkma for the temporary workaround.

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It does not let you see the screen well since it occupies a lot of screen, I prefer the older system where the downloads are hidden in his menu.

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This update has caused more time in my day to day. Since I'm smart enough to be in IT, I'm smart enough to make the decision of opening or saving my content. In my role I have to open hundreds of files and reports each day, none of which I "NEED" to save, I simply review, close and move along. Please change back to the way it was before and allow intelligent folks to make their own decision.

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I agree with what so many other people have said - - PLEASE restore the old way of downloading where you have the option of just quickly opening something or saving it instead.  That worked so well!  This new system creates more work and lots of confusion.  Big step backwards.

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Yes. Please revert this change or make it an option in the normal settings. This is a very bad change.

I had to explain to a colleague why there is the same download numbered (1) to (25) in his download folder. Normal users don't get it that it downloads without any interaction. He called it boneheaded.

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@GaBaNThanks for this.

Now it's better but I think it's still missing the old save/open/always dialog that was there before.

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Being able to quickly open a file, view its contents and then close it again without having to worry about deleting it afterwards was really convenient - for example, when using Google, sometimes results are PDF files. Until you see the contents, you don't know whether it's relevant to what you were searching for, let alone whether it's something you want to keep. Previously, you used to be able to start reading them in Firefox while they were still downloading - now you have to wait for an entire 20MB file to download first, just to find out that actually it's not what you needed, and then manually delete it again afterwards.

Another problem is that you cannot infer the appropriate download behaviour for a given file based on its extension - especially for common file types such as Excel or Powerpoint. Sometimes I just want to quickly open a file to check some figures, or copy something into another document I already have open. Other times I want to save it to a specific folder for editing, or later use.

The appropriate behaviour depends on context which Firefox cannot possibly infer, so being forced into treating all files of a given type the same way makes organising documents unnecessarily difficult. It also increases the risk of accidentally saving an important file into the folder used to dump all the unwanted junk, or something irrelevant getting mixed in with important work.

If the developers insist on keeping this new behaviour, then please at least add a proper option to allow us to save to a temp folder and open automatically, like before. Even if it isn't enabled by default.

And next time, warn users in advance before removing features. I genuinely thought it was a problem with my PC, and was tearing my hair out trying to fix it.

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In settings, I have ticked "Always ask you where to save files". It remains ticked. And yet when I download a file it is saved to the Downloads folder in drive C without asking me (and the document also opens in a new tab in the browser). Firefox is ignoring its own settings! This is so annoying.

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I just wanted to say - those changes to the way that FF deals with file downloads are really bad, please - leave it as it was earlier. I understand that some users may not be aware of what TEMP is, and working on files saved in this location may lead them to loosing their data/work, but there is huge group of users like me, who are aware of what they do. And dialog asking me what to do with each file that I wanted do download was great thing. Even for the same type of file, each time decision could be different - sometimes I wanted file to be saved, sometimes  I just wanted to see or print data in file, but without saving it in default location.


PLEASE... undo those changes. Or at least - give users possibility to choose, which version they want. And DON'T remove or you will see larg group of FF users switching to alternative browser.

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Yeah now my Downloads folder is spammed by a bunch of files that I needed to open only once and would prefer if they were auto-pruned like the older method provided.