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Problems with opening files in new version of Opera

  • Opera opens the files automatically if they are supported (AFAIK). You can't expect Opera open a MP4 video (yet) or a PDF if those formats are not supported natively (even if you drag and drop it from a folder, it will be ''Downloaded''). In the case of PDF, for that there are plugins and extensions, like PDF.js (https://addons.opera.com/es-419/extensions/details/pdf-viewer/?display=en).

  • Not possible. I thought that they just hadn't gotten around to adding it yet, but apparently it is intentional https://forums.opera.com/topic/2094/open-a-file-instead-of-save-it/6

  • If you were referring to how it works in IE: I Actually did not find the great advantage, since it has never bothered me to have to delete the downloaded file(s). Opera Blink doesn't offer that option, but you can double-click the file name when download starts and it will be opened when completed. That's the only thing I can think of.

  • The issue is that there is no RUN option for downloads. If the user wants to just run an exe, such as a program update, there is no longer a pop-up with the options to Run or to Download. Opera now forces user to DL file to PC instead of conveniently running it directly from temp storage. The Run option used to be available with Opera & is a common usage functionality featured in other browsers. The post above by leevi has a link explaining this objectionable design decision. It is a pain in the butt!

  • The issue is that there is no RUN option for downloads.
    This is not clear in this topic. By the OP's description it could be (or not) that other browsers are using a PDF plug-in to open and render the PDFs without the need for a run/download/cancel dialog.

  • Maybe I'm mistaken, the OP post does say "e.g. å pdf". I took "open" as Run. Sorry if I'm on wrong topic-- may have jumped to conclusion. I have only a few pet peeves with new Opera, but Run is one of them. (I'm generally not a ranter)

  • The issue is that there is no RUN option for downloads. If the user wants to just run an exe, such as a program update, there is no longer a pop-up with the options to Run or to Download. Opera now forces user to DL file to PC instead of conveniently running it directly from temp storage.

    Yep, now the user knows where the file is and can remove it after the install if (s)he wants. Before the file would stay on some (unknow) temp folder for who knows how long.

  • ... it could be (or not) that other browsers are using a PDF plug-in to open and render the PDFs without the need for a run/download/cancel dialog.

    Firefox uses a pdf plug-in (Nitro, in my case), and the rendering of a pdf link is immediate upon left-clicking such a link, with no further browser dialog.

  • Yep, now the user knows where the file is and can remove it after the install if (s)he wants. Before the file would stay on some (unknow) temp folder for who knows how long.

    Neither way is better than the other... just a matter of preference. It's nice to have the choice (Run or DL) instead of being forced to DL. Choice is a good thing

  • Developer build now contains the Chrome .pdf plugin that recently went open source.

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