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how do I set the folder to which temporary files are saved?

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As of now, whenever I click "Open with..." when downloading a file, a copy of that file saves to my desktop and never gets cleared. I'd like to set the temporary folder so I can manually clear it periodically, but the only file management option I seem to have is to set downloads to always save in a certain folder--which does not appear to include "temporary" files. How can I change the destination folder for temporary downloads? And why does Firefox download and save the files before opening them? I don't want to save every PDF I read online, yet this seems to be the default setting in order to open files.

As of now, whenever I click "Open with..." when downloading a file, a copy of that file saves to my desktop and never gets cleared. I'd like to set the temporary folder so I can manually clear it periodically, but the only file management option I seem to have is to set downloads to always save in a certain folder--which does not appear to include "temporary" files. How can I change the destination folder for temporary downloads? And why does Firefox download and save the files before opening them? I don't want to save every PDF I read online, yet this seems to be the default setting in order to open files.

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You probably need to set that temp folder in the Safari Preferences to set them for other programs.

Safari > Preferences > General > Save Dowloaded Files To

You can also set the Boolean pref browser.helperApps.deleteTempFileOnExit to true on the about:config page.

See also http://kb.mozillazine.org/about%3Aconfig