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Save documents files in the temp folder when open with local readers/writers softwares

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Hello, I regularly open pdf files and other documents with local readers/writers by selecting the option "open with". My big issue is that the files are yes opened with the local reader, but they are also automatically downloaded in the "Download" folder.

Before files were stored in a temporary folder, and I would like to continue like that because my "Download" folder is exploding and it's a mess!

Or, at least, there should be an option to select where to download automatically the files when I select the "open with" option. So I can chose a folder that I now is to be trashed.

Thank you!

Hello, I regularly open pdf files and other documents with local readers/writers by selecting the option "open with". My big issue is that the files are yes opened with the local reader, but they are also automatically downloaded in the "Download" folder. Before files were stored in a temporary folder, and I would like to continue like that because my "Download" folder is exploding and it's a mess! Or, at least, there should be an option to select where to download automatically the files when I select the "open with" option. So I can chose a folder that I now is to be trashed. Thank you!

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There will be an about:config preference in version 102. In the meantime, change the Download location to your temp file in Settings and, if you still want to choose, switch back to Always ask you where to save files.

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Did you try this? If you also want to restore classic download prompt box in Firefox, following steps will help you:

1. Open Firefox and type about:config in the addressbar and press Enter. It’ll show you a warning message, click on “Accept the Risk and Continue” button. It’ll open Firefox’s hidden secret advanced configuration page i.e. about:config page.

2. Now type improvements in Search filter box and look for following preference in the window:

browser.download.improvements_to_download_panel

The preference value is set to true by default, which means the new automatic download behavior is activated and enabled in Firefox.

3. To deactivate and disable the new behavior and restore classic download prompt feature, double-click on browser.download.improvements_to_download_panel preference and set it to false.

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Try changing the Save Files To location at: Menu -> Settings -> General -> Files and Applications -> Downloads

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There will be an about:config preference in version 102. In the meantime, change the Download location to your temp file in Settings and, if you still want to choose, switch back to Always ask you where to save files.

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