Downloading files without Opera asking for the location
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 9:27:37 AM
Most of the time, when you click a link to a file, you want to save it on your hard drive. Also, in most cases, you probably save files in one, specific catalogue (some of you prefer it to be the Desktop, but I will not comment your selection any further). This leads to a question: how to get rid of the question for the location to save a file?
RMB and Save to downloads folder
When you've got a direct link to a file, you can right-click the link and select Save to downloads folder from the context menu. You can set the path to the downloads folder in preferences (see: the second screenshot).
On some sites, however, it doesn't work - i.e. on sourceforge.net you get a small HTML file instead. Although the link looks like it points directly to a file, it redirects you to a page which serves you the file.
Auto-save to a specific folder
Not everybody knows that, but Opera allows you to save a file, after clicking a link, without asking for the location. For some people, unfortunately, for others fortunately - this setting depends on the file type. Unfortunately - because if you'd like to automatically save all files to the downloads folder, you would have to do a lot of monotonous work, that means: set it for every file type, one after another. Fortunately - means that you can, for example, save all videos to videos folder, images to images, or wallpapers folder, etc..
In order to do this:
- open Menu > Settings > Preferences > Advanced > Downloads;
- uncheck hide file types opened with Opera;
- in the search field, write the extension (i.e. avi, jpg, pdf) or a part of MIME type (i.e. audio or video);
- select the file type and click Edit button, on the right;
- now, select Save to disk and below Do not ask for folder, but save directly to;
- Click Choose... button, to select the location, or enter the path manually.
You have to repeat the steps for any file type you want to automatically "land" on a specific location on your hard drive.