Computer Download Tips

The question the I get the most during classes I have taught is

How do I download a file to where I want?

The answer is you should tell the computer where you want to put the file each time you download. Unless you know for sure where the computer will put the file every time, specify the location by yourself. The browser you use can help you do this, as well. Each browser has different ways to handle things. It is useful to understand how your browser works.

Mozilla Firefox Browser

I prefer to use Mozilla Firefox as a browser. The following are instructions for downloading a file using Firefox. It works the same on PC and Mac.

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Go to the web page where the file you wish to download exists.
  3. Highlight the file name or download link.
  4. Right mouse click to bring up a drop-down menu.Drop-down Menu
  5. Select “Save Link As..”
  6. A window will appear where you may indicate the path where you want to put the file.
    PC Window

    PC Window


    Mac Window

    Mac Window

    TIP: Before you start the download, open a Windows Explorer or a Finder window to where you want to have the file placed. That way you will know what the path is exactly. Also, you will be able to see immediately when the file is starting to download.

  7. Now, verify that your file has downloaded.
    Verify PC

    Verify on PC

Mac Verify

Verify on Mac

Internet Explorer Browser

  1. The steps are the same as above, except for step 5. You will select “Save target as” to download the file.

Apple Safari Browser

  1. I was not able to get the “Save Linked File as” to work on my Mac, running Mountain Lion. I wound up opening the PDF file and then using Safari: File>Save As to save the file.

I hope this helps. If you have any questions on the above, or want to learn more, please sign up for my Making Friends with Your Computer class on October 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm.