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Open a file instead of save it

  • Hello everyone. I found this thread luckily without knowing, that someone linked my addon to you guys. I had exactly the same problem with the new Opera first, so I decided to start writing this little extension. First exercise was to find a way around the multiple necessary clicks until a file can be opened especially you are doing some investigation using a lot of pdf files. My final decision was to use a system notification that informs when a download is finished and what to do next - open or cancel. System notification from the chromium api are not fully supported in Opera so there are only those two possible options at the moment. "Open" opens the file in the system defined application. The file is then stored in "temporary_downloads" folder in the default download folder. "Cancel" deletes the temporary download instantly. Furthermore you can check an option to always clean up the "temporary_downloads" folder at Opera startup. You can choose defined file types or add your own file types.

    I would be glad if you could try out this addon and give me some feedback telling me what you might wish for this extension.

  • Hi michsens,
    isn't that currently possible to give the user choice of opening the file or saving it?
    I work a lot with different type of files like .zip, .pdf and .msg. Some of them I need to be saved, but some I need to open only once immediately after download. So neither opening all files nor saving them all is the solution for me.

  • Well, there are some annoying behaviours in Opera for now. There are a couple of files that are - without any other choice opened directly in Opera, f.e. mp4, txt. To be sure to save a file you should choose Rightclick + "Save linked Content As ...". Then there are files that are definitly saved. I do not know what works better for you. My idea would be to use Rightclick + "Save linked Content As ..." to save a file and left mouse click to open it.
    Maybe you also have an idea what behaviour you would like to have and I try my best to change the extension.

  • Old Opera had the option to open local files directly, eg. with Libreoffice.
    Could that be implemented in an extension?
    Also it allowed to pass the url only to the external app. Useful for external downloaders and as a "1 click" function to instantly stream videos in VLC instead of downloading.

  • Opera V.42 - still no OPEN option exist. 😞

  • unfortunately

  • Well, this is something for the Suggestions Box forum.

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