Automatically Opening Downloaded Files

  • I am test driving Opera for the first time, having used Firefox and Chrome for many years. One disappointment I'm having with Opera is the fact that downloaded .pdf, .xls/.xlsx and .doc/.docx files do not automatically open after downloading. (I have .pdfs set to open in a separate application.) Is there a way to accomplish this or is it simply the Opera way?

    Thanks for your help.

    Merk

  • Is there a way to accomplish

    Nope.

    Maybe through an extension.

  • I also miss this vital feature. No satisfactory explanation has been given by Opera for this deficiency (other than the standard "for security reasons" excuse).

    There is one extension that accomplishes half of what you're asking, namely:
    https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/open-with-application/?display=en

    It saves the file to a temporary location and then opens it. In my case, I chose the Desktop as the temporary location, so every now and then I get a folder called somethi8ng like "temporary download folder" on my Desktop. If you click a file but then decide not to open it, the extension deletes the file from your hard drive again. This can be bothersome if you think you've downloaded a file, and then discover that the file isn't there where you've seen it just a moment ago, and you have to figure out where to download it from again (because unlike in Opera 12, the current Opera doesn't keep a history of all visited pages).

  • No satisfactory explanation has been given by Opera for this deficiency

    It seems to be the default for (almost) all major browsers nowadays. Also it may not be very convenient to see a file opening hours later while you are doing something else, a scenario that can happen if the download runs in a slow connection.

  • I also miss this vital feature. No satisfactory explanation has been given by Opera for this deficiency (other than the standard "for security reasons" excuse).
    There is one extension that accomplishes half of what you're asking, namely:
    https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/open-with-application/?display=en
    It saves the file to a temporary location and then opens it. In my case, I chose the Desktop as the temporary location, so every now and then I get a folder called somethi8ng like "temporary download folder" on my Desktop. If you click a file but then decide not to open it, the extension deletes the file from your hard drive again. This can be bothersome if you think you've downloaded a file, and then discover that the file isn't there where you've seen it just a moment ago, and you have to figure out where to download it from again (because unlike in Opera 12, the current Opera doesn't keep a history of all visited pages).

    Thanks for that suggestion. I'll check it out.

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