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Changing the way browser handles txt files to directly download instead of previewing in browser


When I click on a URL that leads to a txt file, it is being previewed in the browser directly. I would like to change this so that it is downloaded automatically.

I checked how the application handles "Text Document" objects and it is set to "Save File", however the txt file is still being displayed directly.

The MIME Type is "text/plain", and seems to match the settings shown in mimetypes.rdf What do I do to make it so that txt files are downloaded automatically? Is there some setting similar to pdfjs that is overwriting my own content settings?

I am using firefox 22

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Right-click the hyperlink and use Save Link As....

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That would allow me to save the text file to a folder but I don't want to do this everytime I click on a txt file link. I figured the content application settings are supposed to be used for things like this.

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Files that are send by the server as text/plain as is usually the case with text files are always opened in a browser tab if you left click such a link.
There is nothing that you can do to change this and you will have to force a download via "Save Link as".

Alternatively you can toggle the browser.altClickSave pref to true on the about:config page.
Then you can hold down the Alt key and left-click to download and save the file.