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Image type is missing from the the picture save dialog box.

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Image type is missing from the the picture save dialog box.

When I right click a picture and select 'Save as', the picture type field is blank. This used to show an image type such as JPG, PNG, or GIF.

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Re: Image type is missing from the the picture save dialog box.

You can try "Reset Download Actions":

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Re: Image type is missing from the the picture save dialog box.

Also, are you clicking Save Link As... or Save Image As... & have you got the Save as type field underneath the File name field? If both are there & that window looks fine, then perhaps it's just some (javascript) script on that page that's changing things?.. Have you got an example (image) URL that we can look at?

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Re: Image type is missing from the the picture save dialog box.

@Corliya: If I right click on your Firefox avatar https://support.mozilla.com/media/uploads/avatars/2011-03-12-09-31-09-2e9a1e.gif

on this page, and then left click Save Image As ...,

in the list which appears I get: File name: 2011-03-12-09-31-09-2e9a1e_gif Save as type:

There is nothing after 'Save as type'. If I click the down arrow on the right of the 'Save as' name box, it colours the box blue, but does not reveal the image type.

It is only after saving the image that I discover from the file extension that it is JPG.

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Re: Image type is missing from the the picture save dialog box.

@Core-el: Neither of the fields: browser.download.pluginOverrideTypes plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types appears in the about:config list.

I tried renaming mimeTypes.rdf, and on reloading Firefox I found a new one had been created.

However, it did not solve my problem.

New User

Re: Image type is missing from the the picture save dialog box.

I just find a solution for this issue: 1. Open Control Panel - Folder Options - Change the file type associated with a file extension. 2. Select .jpg, then click "Change program..." 3. Reset the configuration to "Windows Photo Viewer". Now your firefox should works fine. Note the setting might be slightly different in XP or Vista.

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Re: Image type is missing from the the picture save dialog box.

This doesn't work for me, I'm afraid. In any case, I don't wish to reassign jpg or any other extension to open with Windows Photo Viewer as default.

All Star

Re: Image type is missing from the the picture save dialog box.

When I save an image or a link, there is a "Format:" box near the bottom of the save window. That gives the file format. Does Windows Firefox not do that? Also, when you save a file, does the extension not appear at the end of the filename (e.g. avatar-37031.png or 837101.htm)?

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Re: Image type is missing from the the picture save dialog box.

I get boxes labelled 'File name:' and 'Save as type:'. The file name is already filled in, and can be edited. The type field is blank, and cannot be changed or made visible.

The file type does get added to the end of the file name, but I would like to see what this is going to be before I save the image. Some web images don't save with the extension specified in the URL.

Everyone who has posted an image where this feature works seems to be using Windows 7. I am using XP SP3 Home Edition.

Although I was using Firefox 4.0.1 when I posted this fault report, I have now progressed through Firefox 5 and 6 to Firefox 7.0.1. The fault has persisted in all these versions.

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Re: Image type is missing from the the picture save dialog box.

I found these bug reports but they don't offer a solution:

You said, The file type does get added to the end of the file name. so try this:
From the "Tools" menu in Windows Explorer or "My Computer" (or from Control Panel):
Go to Folder Options click the View tab and UN-check "Hide extensions for known file types", as shown in this Windows XP image from http://kb.mozillazine.org/Show_hidden_files_and_folders

After UN-checking "Hide extensions for known file types" in Folder Options, as shown above, can you now at least see the file extension after the file name in the Save Image window (e.g., filename.gif or filename.jpg) ?

Assuming you still see a blank "Save as type" box in the Save Image window, is the problem only happening in Firefox or does it also happen in Internet Explorer?

You also said, I don't wish to reassign jpg or any other extension to open with Windows Photo Viewer as default. That's the default on Windows 7. On Windows XP, the default is "Windows Picture and Fax Viewer". Since you can still save images, even though the "Save as type" box is blank, what program opens when you save a JPG image file and double-click it? What about a PNG file or a GIF?

You could try this utility to restore the default image file associations in Windows XP (which I found linked from this webpage)

Another solution I've seen mentioned on MozillaZine's forum for a blank "Save as Type" box with no options in the drop-down menu is to add those filetypes to another program's filetypes. QuickTime was mentioned here: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?p=10984733#p10984733 ... but you could also try IrfanView from http://www.irfanview.com/ ... which is a program I have installed, and set it to handle PNG, JPG and GIF files.