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save file in last folder not working browserdownloadfolderlist set to 2

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I set the about:config browser.download.folderList to 2 as in past versions but cannot get Firefox to use the same directory for downloading files. The best I can do is choose /download folder and then manually transfer files to the correct location later. I know from the long history in the discussion groups that the default behavior is to put all files of a specific mime type (music, video, document, etc) into fixed locations but I am doing research of a variety of topics and need to put files into specific folders as I am looking at them for organization of the research. Having to manually traverse the directory structure for each download is a productivity killer and sorting through the download folder later means reading the documents a second time to determine the correct storage location. I would really appreciate your help in making this work. Thanks.

I set the about:config browser.download.folderList to 2 as in past versions but cannot get Firefox to use the same directory for downloading files. The best I can do is choose /download folder and then manually transfer files to the correct location later. I know from the long history in the discussion groups that the default behavior is to put all files of a specific mime type (music, video, document, etc) into fixed locations but I am doing research of a variety of topics and need to put files into specific folders as I am looking at them for organization of the research. Having to manually traverse the directory structure for each download is a productivity killer and sorting through the download folder later means reading the documents a second time to determine the correct storage location. I would really appreciate your help in making this work. Thanks.

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kcmizzou said

I set the about:config browser.download.folderList to 2 as in past versions but cannot get Firefox to use the same directory for downloading files. The best I can do is choose /download folder and then manually transfer files to the correct location later.

I know from the long history in the discussion groups that the default behavior is to put all files of a specific mime type (music, video, document, etc) into fixed locations...

On that second point... what? really? I actually have not heard of that before.

If you set Firefox to ask you where to save, it stores your last download folder on a site-by-site basis. To make it remember the same last folder regardless of site, you can do this:

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

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste lastdir and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Select and copy the following preference name:

browser.download.lastDir.savePerSite

(4) Right-click a blank area of about:config and choose New > Boolean

(5) Paste the preference name (right-click > Paste or Ctrl+v) then click OK

(6) Accept the default value of false and click OK. The new preference should appear in about:config.

(7) If the browser.download.lastDir preference contains a folder you do not want to use for the next save, clear it by using right-click > Reset, or edit it to your liking.

I think most likely these changes will take effect on your next save, but I don't want to lose my site-based preference data so I'm not testing it myself!

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kcmizzou said

I set the about:config browser.download.folderList to 2 as in past versions but cannot get Firefox to use the same directory for downloading files. The best I can do is choose /download folder and then manually transfer files to the correct location later.

I know from the long history in the discussion groups that the default behavior is to put all files of a specific mime type (music, video, document, etc) into fixed locations...

On that second point... what? really? I actually have not heard of that before.

If you set Firefox to ask you where to save, it stores your last download folder on a site-by-site basis. To make it remember the same last folder regardless of site, you can do this:

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

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste lastdir and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Select and copy the following preference name:

browser.download.lastDir.savePerSite

(4) Right-click a blank area of about:config and choose New > Boolean

(5) Paste the preference name (right-click > Paste or Ctrl+v) then click OK

(6) Accept the default value of false and click OK. The new preference should appear in about:config.

(7) If the browser.download.lastDir preference contains a folder you do not want to use for the next save, clear it by using right-click > Reset, or edit it to your liking.

I think most likely these changes will take effect on your next save, but I don't want to lose my site-based preference data so I'm not testing it myself!

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This appears to work fine. Thanks.