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Status: Delivered

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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@VenetiaThe implementation could have been more elegant.


It could even serve as an easy way to use an external download tool.

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This has been changed, but it isn't fixed.

When you choose to open a document from the web, it still automatically saves it to your selected download folder. 

If I'm choosing to open a file, I don't want it permanently saved in a location I have to manually clean out.  This isn't any better than it was.

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I regret updating to 102.0.

Now every time I download a zip (for example), I'm presented with the "open or save" dialog. That would be OK (as it is what I expect and as I set my preferences).... BUT...

Now that darn dialog force me to choose with with program I want to open the file EVERYTIME!?!?!

It used to remember the last one until 101.x

Please, pretty please don't force me to downgrade, specially with that "downgrade protection" thing. I don't want to have to set up a new profile due to that.

Being using Firefox since Phoenix. Endured the pains of leaving behind XUL extensions (for which to this day I'm trying to find suitable alternatives), many changes that felt dumb to me... never complained...

But this messing up with the download workflow that worked perfectly until FF 98... finally broke me.

Was lucky to find " = false", but now FF 102 makes me mad again.

Edit: It seems I'm one of the affected user of the following bug:

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I agree with multiple commenters.  Firefox now automatically downloads files into the download folder despite my having changed the setting to Always Ask. I ALWAYS want the option to store the file in my preferred location and NEVER want it automatically placed in the downloads folder (a security risk for sure).

Fix this so that the Always Ask setting actually works / set it back to the way it was.


Firefox 102 - Temp Folder option

This thread has a lot of issues, but for those of you who were waiting, Firefox 102 now lets you revert from using your "Save Files to" folder as the default folder for "Open with [relevant application]" to the Windows Temp folder (or Linux /tmp folder). This is hidden away, so here's how to find it:

(A) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk.

More info on about:config: Configuration Editor for Firefox. Please keep in mind that changes made through this back door aren't fully supported and aren't guaranteed to continue working in the future.

(B) In the search box in the page, type or paste and pause while the list is filtered

(C) Double-click the preference to switch the value from false to true (or click the toggle button toward the right end of the row)

If you notice any problems with it, please speak up. I don't think many people are using it yet, so feedback is needed.


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I have nearly the same problem. when i try to open a pdf-file from a website, it dosn't matter which option i have choosen it always save the file on my pc.

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I do not want files automatically saved to the Downloads folder.

Why doesn't Always Ask work the way it is supposed to (& how it used to work).  Getting ready to dump FireFox just for this reason.

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Thanks all for participating in this thread and helping get this feature delivered 👏. It was shipped in Firefox 101, so we are closing out this thread.

Please continue sharing product feedback and ideas for new features/feature enhancements.

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The version that was delivered doesn't match the previous behaviour.

It still leaves a copy in the designated downloads folder, instead of in a temporary location that's cleared out automatically.

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Concur. Pdfs that I view are showing up in my default download location though I have "always ask" chosen.  Driving me nuts.  I don't want to deal with Chrome, but I will if FF can't undo this new feature.