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What happened to Controlling Download Destination? #4510649
09/08/17 07:16 AM
09/08/17 07:16 AM
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Ducked Offline OP
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This is just an impression, but I've only been forced off a legacy XP machine fairly recently, and it seems to me that download dialogues mostly used to give you a "save as" option which allowed you to control where it went.

Now it seems they mostly don't.

This does not feel like progress, especially if you are forced to use a Chinese language computer, as I am right now following failure of both my laptops on successive days.

In that situation, downloads (eg spreadsheet downloaded as Excel off Google Drive/Sheet) effectively disappear into the Mandarin Morass.

Re: What happened to Controlling Download Destination? [Re: Ducked] #4510651
09/08/17 07:20 AM
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Set the download location in your browser settings and they will always go to the same place.


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Re: What happened to Controlling Download Destination? [Re: Ducked] #4510655
09/08/17 07:23 AM
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It's a browser setting. Change it if you don't like it. Can't change it? Change browsers.

Most browsers now have a "recent downloads" or somesuch that list downloads for the past session, offer launching the file, or opening in a file manager. So for the average user, finding a file is not so hard. (Unless that recent downloads icon is hidden).


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Re: What happened to Controlling Download Destination? [Re: Ducked] #4510658
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Yuuuup.

The default on most applications is user/downloads, in any case.


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Re: What happened to Controlling Download Destination? [Re: rooflessVW] #4510679
09/08/17 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Yuuuup.

The default on most applications is user/downloads, in any case.


So for his old XP machine would be
C:\Documents and Settings\<whatever user name>\Downloads

or

C:\Documents and Settings\<whatever user name>\My Documents\Downloads


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Re: What happened to Controlling Download Destination? [Re: Ducked] #4510687
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On all the browsers I use (Chrome, Firefox, Opera) you can still right click on a link to choose the download location. Google drive/docs may be a special case because of all the fancy javascript they use.


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Re: What happened to Controlling Download Destination? [Re: Ducked] #4510815
09/08/17 11:00 AM
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In chrome:



Alternatively, you may right click -> save as


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Re: What happened to Controlling Download Destination? [Re: Ducked] #4511273
09/09/17 01:06 AM
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Well, I'll have another look when I get my laptop fixed. At the moment I'm restricted to Chinese language computers in the library, which makes things quite difficult, and changes may well be administratively restricted.

Google drive applications were a way of partly escaping from the Chinese interface and applications, but its a bit clunky. I'll try the online Office stuff on One Drive too. Maybe portable apps might work, since the USB ports don't seem to be disabled.


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