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FF "Applications" doesn't apply its own settings in download

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My money program uses an importer to download files directly (rather than saving to desktop & manually importing. The institutions' choices always include OFX, QFX, and QIF. The Application list in Options lists OFX -- in two places-- and QFX. Both are assigned to the importer.

No matter what format I choose, I have to browse for the importer (several clicks). To check, I downloaded account information for several accounts held with the same institution, cycling through those 3 formats. Same result each time. "Always do this" is checked and OFX and QFX are assigned to the importer as you can see in the screenshot.

Shouldn't FF be adding QIF when I download activity in that format? I certainly didn't add OFX or QFX manually! And can anyone explain why "Use importer" is broken?

TIA mm

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You'll notice that after OFX there is something in parentheses: that is the Content-Type that the server had sent when you saved that entry. Sometimes the server sends a generic indication and Firefox never saves your choice for that because it's the same thing used for program downloads (.exe files).

I have an add-on you can use to associate file extensions with a new Content-Type that isn't shared by multiple program (like application/csv) so that you can better control the fate of those downloads. If you want to give it a try, you can install it from here:

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/content-type-fixer/

To turn the extension on, click its Zzzz button. Then, to create your new association:

(1) Start an OFX or QFX download. Once you get Firefox's download dialog, you can cancel it, the extension has recorded the data from the server by then.

(2) Click the extension button, then Add/Edit Content Types (View Log)

(3) On the log page, find the row with your download -- usually the first row -- and click Add. A form should appear. You can accept the fictitious content type to avoid conflicts with actual content types and click Save Content-Type.

(4) Switch back to your download page and try the download again. Save your preferred action (again!). Now Firefox should show that new handler preference on the Options page and apply it going forward.

In order for Firefox to change the Content-Type, the extension needs to be listening (hammer in color) at the time you click the download link, but you can turn it off when you don't need it.

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Thanks for your prompt reply. I'll have to wait a day or two so there'll be something to download. Can't wait to try it!

m

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