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how do I change the "do this automatically" when the box is greyed out

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When I download .avi files and the like, Firefox assumes I want to "open" them, forcing me to click the "Save as" button every time.

The "Do this automatically from now on..." box I want to use, is greyed out; in other words, I can't change the default setting.

I tried to alter the setting in the tools -> application to "Save file", but it didn't help me.

Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

Ever since I installed firefox

Installed Plug-ins

  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape
  • Java(TM) Platform SE binary
  • PopCap Games Plugin
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Default Plug-in
  • Shockwave Flash 10.2 r152
  • iTunes Detector Plug-in
  • DLM Netscape Plugin (2.3.9.113)
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision plugin for Mozilla browsers
  • Java Plug-in 1.6.0_13 for Netscape Navigator (DLL Helper)

Application

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Firefox
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Profilbibliotek
Åbn mappe
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cor-el
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10753 solutions 96760 answers

See: "File handling in Firefox 3 and SeaMonkey 2"

David Tenser
  • Administrator
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32 solutions 294 answers

Not that it's related to the problem you're having, but saying it since it's still important: you should definitely upgrade to Firefox 3.6 asap, as 3.0.x is no longer supported by Mozilla. This means that you're no longer patched for security holes and are exposed to online threats like viruses, etc.

Upgrading is easy - just go to mozilla.com and download the latest and greatest version of Firefox. Good luck!