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where does Firefox save a downloaded program on my hard drive?

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I've just downloaded Firefox and want to download a program. While it shows me a window of what I downloaded, it doesn't actually show me WHERE, nor does it ask me where I want to save it.

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • Google Talk Plugin Video Accelerator version:0.1.43.5
  • Version 1.8.0.0
  • Default Plug-in
  • Google Update
  • Pando Web Plugin
  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.5
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_23 for Mozilla browsers
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Yahoo Application State Plugin version 1.0.0.7
  • 4.0.51204.0
  • NPWLPG
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • npapicomadapter
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 8.2.6

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.2.13) Gecko/20101203 Firefox/3.6.13

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the-edmeister
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Right-click the downloaded file in the downloads window and select Open Containing Folder.

Helper7677 165 solutions 1653 answers

Those options are on Tools > Options > General, Downloads section. You can:

  • Have all downloaded files saved to one location
    • check "Save files to" and Browse to the existing folder of your choice
    • you will not be prompted when saving files
  • Be prompted for a location to save each download
    • check "Always ask me where to save files"

Other issues that need your attention

The information submitted with your question indicates that you have out of date plugins with known security and stability issues that should be updated. To see the plugins submitted with your question, click "More system details..." to the right of your original question post. You can also see your plugins from the Firefox menu, Tools > Add-ons > Plugins.

  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.5
    • Several updates behind
    • Security update version 11.5.9.620 released 2011-02-08
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 8.2.6
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_23 for Mozilla browsers
    • Security update version 1.6.0_24 released 2011-02-10
  1. Check your plugin versions: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/
    • Note: plugin check page does not have information on all plugin versions
  2. Update Shockwave for Director
    • NOTE: this is not the same as Shockwave Flash; this installs the Shockwave Player.
    • Use Firefox to download and SAVE the installer to your hard drive from the link in the article below (Desktop is a good place so you can find it).
    • When the download is complete, exit Firefox (File > Exit)
    • locate and double-click in the installer you just downloaded, let the install complete.
    • Restart Firefox and check your plugins again.
    • Download link and more information: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Using+the+Shockwave+plugin+with+Firefox
  3. Update Adobe Reader (PDF plugin):
    • From within your existing Adobe Reader (if you have it already installed):
      • Open the Adobe Reader program from your Programs list
      • Click Help > Check for Updates
      • Follow the prompts for updating
      • If this method works for you, skip the "Download complete installer" section below and proceed to "After the installation" below
    • Download complete installer (if you do NOT have Adobe Reader installed):
      • Use the links below to avoid getting the troublesome "getplus" Adobe Download Manager and other "extras" you may not want
      • Use Firefox to download and SAVE the installer to your hard drive from the appropriate link below
      • Click "Save to File"; save to your Desktop (so you can find it)
      • After download completes, close Firefox
      • Click the installer you just downloaded and allow the install to continue
        • Note: Vista and Win7 users may need to right-click the installer and choose "Run as Administrator"
      • Download link: ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/
        • Choose your OS
        • Choose the latest #.x version (example 9.x, for version 9)
        • Choose the highest number version listed
          • NOTE: 10.x is the new Adobe Reader X (Windows and Mac only as of this posting)
        • Choose your language
        • Download the file, SAVE it to your hard drive, when complete, close Firefox, click on the installer you just downloaded and let it install.
        • Windows: choose the .exe file; Mac: choose the .dmg file
    • Using either of the links below will force you to install the "getPlus" Adobe Download Manager. Also be sure to uncheck the McAfee Scanner if you do not want the link forcibly installed on your desktop
    • After the installation, start Firefox and check your version again.
  4. Update the Java plugin to the latest version.