Firefox Alt-Click Download

It used to be that you could alt-click a link in Firefox (the Web browser) and it would automatically download the target of that link to the default download location on your computer (specified in Tools > Options > General) without popping up a dialog box or requiring any other action on your part. It was extremely convenient. However, in Firefox version 13 that option was disabled. Here’s how to put it back.

Note: The following requires modifying your computer’s system files. Although I’ve tested and use these modifications on my own computer and verified they are safe, I’m not responsible for any damage to your computer that might arise as a result of attempting these modifications—proceed at your own risk!

  1. In the Firefox address bar enter: about:config
  2. You’ll get a warning message asking you if you want to proceed. Click the button if you do.
  3. At the top of the new window will be a search box. Enter: altclicksave
  4. You’ll see a line that stars with browser.altClickSave. Double click on that so that the “Value” column reads “true.”
  5. Restart Firefox.

Note: The following requires modifying your computer’s system files. Although I’ve tested and use these modifications on my own computer, I’m not responsible for any damage to your computer that might arise as a result of attempting these modifications—proceed at your own risk!

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