Disable "Do you want to open or save file"

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by OREALLY, May 24, 2011.

  1. OREALLY

    OREALLY Guest

    How do we disable this "Do you want to open or save file" that pops up on
    the bottom of IE9 in Windows 7, when clicking on, say, a PDF file? It seems
    unnecessary and is annoying.

    Thanks,

    Oreally
     
    OREALLY, May 24, 2011
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  2. OREALLY

    Rob Guest

    On 24/05/2011 16:45, Alias wrote:
    > On 05/24/2011 05:28 PM, OREALLY wrote:
    >> How do we disable this "Do you want to open or save file" that pops up
    >> on the bottom of IE9 in Windows 7, when clicking on, say, a PDF file? It
    >> seems unnecessary and is annoying.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> Oreally

    >
    > Not a good idea to change that as you may get a file that wants to open
    > that you didn't ask to be opened.
    >


    Agreed. Infected PDFs do exist:

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/the-real-dangers-of-pdf-executable-trickery/6055

    so a redirect etc on a webpage could infect the OPs PC without any user
    interaction.
    --
    Rob
     
    Rob, May 24, 2011
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  3. OREALLY

    VanguardLH Guest

    OREALLY wrote:

    > How do we disable this "Do you want to open or save file" that pops up on
    > the bottom of IE9 in Windows 7, when clicking on, say, a PDF file? It seems
    > unnecessary and is annoying.


    You could try removing any .pdf handler (program) you installed on your
    host. Then there won't be a media type handler for that filetype that
    can open the .pdf file so the only option would be to save the file.
     
    VanguardLH, May 24, 2011
    #3
  4. OREALLY

    OREALLY Guest

    So Windows 7 has not really given us a choice here?




    "VanguardLH" wrote in message news:irgmnb$a6r$...

    OREALLY wrote:

    > How do we disable this "Do you want to open or save file" that pops up on
    > the bottom of IE9 in Windows 7, when clicking on, say, a PDF file? It
    > seems
    > unnecessary and is annoying.


    You could try removing any .pdf handler (program) you installed on your
    host. Then there won't be a media type handler for that filetype that
    can open the .pdf file so the only option would be to save the file.
     
    OREALLY, May 24, 2011
    #4
  5. OREALLY

    choro Guest

    On 24/05/2011 17:35, VanguardLH wrote:
    > OREALLY wrote:
    >
    >> How do we disable this "Do you want to open or save file" that pops up on
    >> the bottom of IE9 in Windows 7, when clicking on, say, a PDF file? It seems
    >> unnecessary and is annoying.

    >
    > You could try removing any .pdf handler (program) you installed on your
    > host. Then there won't be a media type handler for that filetype that
    > can open the .pdf file so the only option would be to save the file.


    And can you, sir, please tell me what is the point of saving a file when
    you have no program to open it with?
    --
    choro
    *****
     
    choro, May 24, 2011
    #5
  6. OREALLY

    VanguardLH Guest

    OREALLY wrote:

    > VanguardLH wrote ...
    >
    > OREALLY wrote:
    >
    >> How do we disable this "Do you want to open or save file" that pops
    >> up on the bottom of IE9 in Windows 7, when clicking on, say, a PDF
    >> file? It seems unnecessary and is annoying.

    >
    > You could try removing any .pdf handler (program) you installed on
    > your host. Then there won't be a media type handler for that
    > filetype that can open the .pdf file so the only option would be to
    > save the file.
    >
    > So Windows 7 has not really given us a choice here?


    Seems more like an IE thing. A web browser could always assume that a
    direct link to a file means it gets downloaded or it gets opened (using
    some defined filetype handler), or it could always assume the file link
    gets loaded using the handler, or it could ask you. I don't have IE9 to
    know if an option was added that lets you change from not assuming an
    action to assuming one (which would be to either open using handler or
    save as a file).

    In IE8, and earlier, you don't get a choice. Under Internet Options ->
    Advanced tab under the Downloads section, there is the option "Automatic
    prompting for file downloads". If disabled, you get the yellow infobar
    that appears where you have to right-click to get at the options to take
    an action. If enabled, you get a popup window asking you what action to
    take. In either case, you have to make a choice. IE isn't designed to
    automatically shove files on your host without your permission just
    because some site wants you to have their fluff or malware. It leaves
    the choice and the responsibility up to you.
     
    VanguardLH, May 24, 2011
    #6
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    Nil Guest

    On 24 May 2011, "OREALLY" <> wrote in
    alt.windows7.general:

    > So Windows 7 has not really given us a choice here?


    Windows 7 has nothing to do with it. It's your web browser that gives
    you the option or not.
     
    Nil, May 24, 2011
    #7
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    VanguardLH Guest

    choro wrote:

    > VanguardLH wrote:
    >
    >> OREALLY wrote:
    >>
    >>> How do we disable this "Do you want to open or save file" that pops
    >>> up on the bottom of IE9 in Windows 7, when clicking on, say, a PDF
    >>> file? It seems unnecessary and is annoying.

    >>
    >> You could try removing any .pdf handler (program) you installed on
    >> your host. Then there won't be a media type handler for that
    >> filetype that can open the .pdf file so the only option would be to
    >> save the file.

    >
    > And can you, sir, please tell me what is the point of saving a file
    > when you have no program to open it with?


    It was a test to see if having a filetype/media handler registered in
    the registry is what caused the web browser (not the OS) to issue a
    prompt to make a decision. Without a handler, there would be, as you
    say, nothing to open/load the file so the web browser would only have
    the other choice of saving the file. After all, just because you save a
    file doesn't mean you'll be loading it with software on that host,
    emailing it elsewhere, or that you might not be using a portable app on
    a USB thumb drive.

    Alternatively, just destroy the filetype association to see if not
    having a handler defined in the registry for use by the web browser
    would eliminate a prompt to make a choice. Could be the web browser is
    hardcoded to ask for a choice and if you selected Open then you'd get an
    error that no handler was defined for that filetype.

    Diagnostics doesn't attempt to test every conceivable solution at once.
    And what was *your* suggestion to the OP? Uh huh.
     
    VanguardLH, May 24, 2011
    #8
  9. OREALLY

    OREALLY Guest

    Apparently...according Microsoft Tech Support...there is no option to
    disable this annoyance in IE9. Perhaps going back to IE8 would work.



    "VanguardLH" wrote in message news:irh3s1$a30$...

    choro wrote:

    > VanguardLH wrote:
    >
    >> OREALLY wrote:
    >>
    >>> How do we disable this "Do you want to open or save file" that pops
    >>> up on the bottom of IE9 in Windows 7, when clicking on, say, a PDF
    >>> file? It seems unnecessary and is annoying.

    >>
    >> You could try removing any .pdf handler (program) you installed on
    >> your host. Then there won't be a media type handler for that
    >> filetype that can open the .pdf file so the only option would be to
    >> save the file.

    >
    > And can you, sir, please tell me what is the point of saving a file
    > when you have no program to open it with?


    It was a test to see if having a filetype/media handler registered in
    the registry is what caused the web browser (not the OS) to issue a
    prompt to make a decision. Without a handler, there would be, as you
    say, nothing to open/load the file so the web browser would only have
    the other choice of saving the file. After all, just because you save a
    file doesn't mean you'll be loading it with software on that host,
    emailing it elsewhere, or that you might not be using a portable app on
    a USB thumb drive.

    Alternatively, just destroy the filetype association to see if not
    having a handler defined in the registry for use by the web browser
    would eliminate a prompt to make a choice. Could be the web browser is
    hardcoded to ask for a choice and if you selected Open then you'd get an
    error that no handler was defined for that filetype.

    Diagnostics doesn't attempt to test every conceivable solution at once.
    And what was *your* suggestion to the OP? Uh huh.
     
    OREALLY, May 24, 2011
    #9
  10. OREALLY

    VanguardLH Guest

    OREALLY wrote:

    > Apparently...according Microsoft Tech Support...there is no option to
    > disable this annoyance in IE9. Perhaps going back to IE8 would work.


    No, as already mentioned, the option is to enable or disable the prompt.
    Disable means you get the yellow infobar which means you STILL have to
    make a decision to save or open. Enable means you get a popup where you
    make a decision to save or open. Microsoft doesn't leave the decision
    to the web browser. They leave the decision with the responsibile party
    regarding the security in opening or saving files on their host.

    Whether you select to open or save the directly linked file, you are
    STILL downloading that file. The handler still needs a file to load, so
    the web browser puts it in its temp file cache and then passes that file
    to the handler. You are still downloading no matter which choice you
    make. Only if the content is streamed does it mean it gets passed only
    to the handler and you don't see a save to file prompt; however, you
    asked about a directly linked file, not a streaming server source.

    I believe some other web browsers let you configure how to handle file
    downloads, like using a download manager or always saving to file.
    Hopefully that is not the default action as that means any site with any
    file could make any hypertext link making you think that you are
    navigating to another page or frame also download files to your host.
    You would be reducing security by electing to set the configurable
    option to automatically download or to open (the downloaded) the files.

    Have you looked through IE9's options to see if they added another
    download option that lets YOU configure away from a default value
    regarding the download of files (and whether to open them)?
     
    VanguardLH, May 25, 2011
    #10
  11. OREALLY

    OREALLY Guest

    Have you looked through IE9's options to see if they added another
    download option that lets YOU configure away from a default value
    regarding the download of files (and whether to open them)?

    Yes..there is none. Unlike Chrome, Firefox and Safari which allows you to
    immediately open the file. I think this is overzealous security on the part
    of Microsoft. Never had a problem with XP immediately opening files such as
    PDF. But XP used IE8

    Oreally

    "VanguardLH" wrote in message news:irhk9i$70e$...

    OREALLY wrote:

    > Apparently...according Microsoft Tech Support...there is no option to
    > disable this annoyance in IE9. Perhaps going back to IE8 would work.


    No, as already mentioned, the option is to enable or disable the prompt.
    Disable means you get the yellow infobar which means you STILL have to
    make a decision to save or open. Enable means you get a popup where you
    make a decision to save or open. Microsoft doesn't leave the decision
    to the web browser. They leave the decision with the responsibile party
    regarding the security in opening or saving files on their host.

    Whether you select to open or save the directly linked file, you are
    STILL downloading that file. The handler still needs a file to load, so
    the web browser puts it in its temp file cache and then passes that file
    to the handler. You are still downloading no matter which choice you
    make. Only if the content is streamed does it mean it gets passed only
    to the handler and you don't see a save to file prompt; however, you
    asked about a directly linked file, not a streaming server source.

    I believe some other web browsers let you configure how to handle file
    downloads, like using a download manager or always saving to file.
    Hopefully that is not the default action as that means any site with any
    file could make any hypertext link making you think that you are
    navigating to another page or frame also download files to your host.
    You would be reducing security by electing to set the configurable
    option to automatically download or to open (the downloaded) the files.

    Have you looked through IE9's options to see if they added another
    download option that lets YOU configure away from a default value
    regarding the download of files (and whether to open them)?
     
    OREALLY, May 25, 2011
    #11
  12. OREALLY

    VanguardLH Guest

    OREALLY wrote:

    > Yes..there is none. Unlike Chrome, Firefox and Safari which allows you to
    > immediately open the file. I think this is overzealous security on the part
    > of Microsoft. Never had a problem with XP immediately opening files such as
    > PDF. But XP used IE8


    I use PDF-Xchange Viewer as the add-on to IE8 on Windows XP. It is an
    option in PDF-Xchange on how its handler manages the file download. You
    can set it to open within the web browser window (although sometimes it
    still opens a separate PDF-Xchange window) or not (which would always
    open a PDF-Xchange window to open the .pdf file).

    Which PDF handler do you have installed? Now that you mention it,
    perhaps the handler, as a plug-in, can override the default behavior of
    the web browser. If I enable the "Display PDF in Browser" option in
    PDF-Xchange, I won't get the "Open or Save to file" prompt. The plug-in
    sees the handler's config and tries to open the directly linked file
    (after downloading it to the temp file cache - you'll notice the network
    traffic with a wait for the download for a big .pdf file).

    It's been years since I had Adobe Reader installed so you'll have to see
    if its equivalent "Display PDF in Browser" option is enabled. See:

    http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Reader/...WS58a04a822e3e50102bd615109794195ff-7f9f.html

    Yet it mentions that if this option is disabled then the handler should
    open a new window for Adobe Reader and download and then display the
    ..pdf file there. If that's the case, have you check the filetype
    association for .pdf to make sure a handler is specified for it (i.e.,
    ..pdf is associated to acroread.exe)? If you select Open in the prompt
    when clicking on a direct .pdf file link, does it work? If you save the
    ..pdf file to your drive, does double-clicking on it open the PDF file in
    a viewer?

    When reviewing the plug-ins installed for IE9, is the Acrobat Reader AX
    control listed? Is it enabled?

    Do you even have a PDF viewer installed?
     
    VanguardLH, May 25, 2011
    #12
  13. OREALLY

    OREALLY Guest

    It doesn't seem to matter how I set up Acrobat Reader to open in the browser
    or not. I think this is just a Windows 7-IE9 configuration....

    I'll try pdf Xchange

    Thanks,

    Oreally



    "VanguardLH" wrote in message news:iri0cb$d5s$...

    OREALLY wrote:

    > Yes..there is none. Unlike Chrome, Firefox and Safari which allows you to
    > immediately open the file. I think this is overzealous security on the
    > part
    > of Microsoft. Never had a problem with XP immediately opening files such
    > as
    > PDF. But XP used IE8


    I use PDF-Xchange Viewer as the add-on to IE8 on Windows XP. It is an
    option in PDF-Xchange on how its handler manages the file download. You
    can set it to open within the web browser window (although sometimes it
    still opens a separate PDF-Xchange window) or not (which would always
    open a PDF-Xchange window to open the .pdf file).

    Which PDF handler do you have installed? Now that you mention it,
    perhaps the handler, as a plug-in, can override the default behavior of
    the web browser. If I enable the "Display PDF in Browser" option in
    PDF-Xchange, I won't get the "Open or Save to file" prompt. The plug-in
    sees the handler's config and tries to open the directly linked file
    (after downloading it to the temp file cache - you'll notice the network
    traffic with a wait for the download for a big .pdf file).

    It's been years since I had Adobe Reader installed so you'll have to see
    if its equivalent "Display PDF in Browser" option is enabled. See:

    http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Reader/...WS58a04a822e3e50102bd615109794195ff-7f9f.html

    Yet it mentions that if this option is disabled then the handler should
    open a new window for Adobe Reader and download and then display the
    ..pdf file there. If that's the case, have you check the filetype
    association for .pdf to make sure a handler is specified for it (i.e.,
    ..pdf is associated to acroread.exe)? If you select Open in the prompt
    when clicking on a direct .pdf file link, does it work? If you save the
    ..pdf file to your drive, does double-clicking on it open the PDF file in
    a viewer?

    When reviewing the plug-ins installed for IE9, is the Acrobat Reader AX
    control listed? Is it enabled?

    Do you even have a PDF viewer installed?
     
    OREALLY, May 25, 2011
    #13
  14. Out of curiosity I opened IE9, which I usually don't use, and navigated
    to a support site where I clicked on the link to a PDF manual.

    On the bottom of the screen appeared a box with the question "Do you
    want to open or save xxx.pdf from zzz.com?". There were three buttons
    in that box, Open, Save (drop-down button), & Cancel.

    This is a new installation of Win 7 Pro from an OEM disk onto a
    home-built computer, and AFAIK, I have added *no* plugins to IE9.

    Just sayin'.


    On 5/24/2011, OREALLY posted:
    > It doesn't seem to matter how I set up Acrobat Reader to open in the browser
    > or not. I think this is just a Windows 7-IE9 configuration....


    > I'll try pdf Xchange


    > Thanks,


    > Oreally




    > "VanguardLH" wrote in message news:iri0cb$d5s$...


    > OREALLY wrote:


    >> Yes..there is none. Unlike Chrome, Firefox and Safari which allows you to
    >> immediately open the file. I think this is overzealous security on the part
    >> of Microsoft. Never had a problem with XP immediately opening files such as
    >> PDF. But XP used IE8


    > I use PDF-Xchange Viewer as the add-on to IE8 on Windows XP. It is an
    > option in PDF-Xchange on how its handler manages the file download. You
    > can set it to open within the web browser window (although sometimes it
    > still opens a separate PDF-Xchange window) or not (which would always
    > open a PDF-Xchange window to open the .pdf file).


    > Which PDF handler do you have installed? Now that you mention it,
    > perhaps the handler, as a plug-in, can override the default behavior of
    > the web browser. If I enable the "Display PDF in Browser" option in
    > PDF-Xchange, I won't get the "Open or Save to file" prompt. The plug-in
    > sees the handler's config and tries to open the directly linked file
    > (after downloading it to the temp file cache - you'll notice the network
    > traffic with a wait for the download for a big .pdf file).


    > It's been years since I had Adobe Reader installed so you'll have to see
    > if its equivalent "Display PDF in Browser" option is enabled. See:


    > http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Reader/...WS58a04a822e3e50102bd615109794195ff-7f9f.html


    > Yet it mentions that if this option is disabled then the handler should
    > open a new window for Adobe Reader and download and then display the
    > .pdf file there. If that's the case, have you check the filetype
    > association for .pdf to make sure a handler is specified for it (i.e.,
    > .pdf is associated to acroread.exe)? If you select Open in the prompt
    > when clicking on a direct .pdf file link, does it work? If you save the
    > .pdf file to your drive, does double-clicking on it open the PDF file in
    > a viewer?


    > When reviewing the plug-ins installed for IE9, is the Acrobat Reader AX
    > control listed? Is it enabled?


    > Do you even have a PDF viewer installed?


    --
    Gene E. Bloch (Stumbling Bloch)
     
    Gene E. Bloch, May 25, 2011
    #14
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    OREALLY Guest

    I can set PDF Xchange to open PDF in Browser (as you suggested) and no
    notification appears!

    Thanks

    "VanguardLH" wrote in message news:iri0cb$d5s$...

    OREALLY wrote:

    > Yes..there is none. Unlike Chrome, Firefox and Safari which allows you to
    > immediately open the file. I think this is overzealous security on the
    > part
    > of Microsoft. Never had a problem with XP immediately opening files such
    > as
    > PDF. But XP used IE8


    I use PDF-Xchange Viewer as the add-on to IE8 on Windows XP. It is an
    option in PDF-Xchange on how its handler manages the file download. You
    can set it to open within the web browser window (although sometimes it
    still opens a separate PDF-Xchange window) or not (which would always
    open a PDF-Xchange window to open the .pdf file).

    Which PDF handler do you have installed? Now that you mention it,
    perhaps the handler, as a plug-in, can override the default behavior of
    the web browser. If I enable the "Display PDF in Browser" option in
    PDF-Xchange, I won't get the "Open or Save to file" prompt. The plug-in
    sees the handler's config and tries to open the directly linked file
    (after downloading it to the temp file cache - you'll notice the network
    traffic with a wait for the download for a big .pdf file).

    It's been years since I had Adobe Reader installed so you'll have to see
    if its equivalent "Display PDF in Browser" option is enabled. See:

    http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Reader/...WS58a04a822e3e50102bd615109794195ff-7f9f.html

    Yet it mentions that if this option is disabled then the handler should
    open a new window for Adobe Reader and download and then display the
    ..pdf file there. If that's the case, have you check the filetype
    association for .pdf to make sure a handler is specified for it (i.e.,
    ..pdf is associated to acroread.exe)? If you select Open in the prompt
    when clicking on a direct .pdf file link, does it work? If you save the
    ..pdf file to your drive, does double-clicking on it open the PDF file in
    a viewer?

    When reviewing the plug-ins installed for IE9, is the Acrobat Reader AX
    control listed? Is it enabled?

    Do you even have a PDF viewer installed?
     
    OREALLY, May 26, 2011
    #15
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    ByteBowser

    Joined:
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    I just had this same problem when I upgraded to Adobe Reader X. If you go to edit/preferences/security in AR X and uncheck "Verify signatures when the document is opened" it may solve the problem.

    BB
     
    ByteBowser, Aug 29, 2011
    #16
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    Sultans Of Sing

    Joined:
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    Simple Solution

    Oreally Asked

    How do we disable this "Do you want to open or save file" that pops up on
    the bottom of IE9 in Windows 7, when clicking on, say, a PDFfile? It seems
    unnecessary and is annoying.

    ---------------------------------------

    Simple Solution:

    In IE9 Tools:
    1. Go To Internet Options
    2. Click Advanced Tab
    3. Deselect "Enable Integrated Windows Authentication*"
    4. Restart your web browser

    The yellow popup saying ""Do you want to open or save file" will be gone. You may get the traditional (IE7 and before) style box, but the bottom popup shouldn't come up any more. I had to do this to be able to work with SharePoint at our office.

    Good Luck!
     
    Sultans Of Sing, Aug 31, 2011
    #17
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    Sultans Of Sing

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2011
    Messages:
    2
    The problem is with IE9, not Adobe...

    ---------------------------------------

    Simple Solution:

    In IE9 Tools:
    1. Go To Internet Options
    2. Click Advanced Tab
    3. Deselect "Enable Integrated Windows Authentication*"
    4. Restart your web browser

    The yellow popup saying ""Do you want to open or save file" will be gone. You may get the traditional (IE7 and before) style box, but the bottom popup shouldn't come up any more. I had to do this to be able to work with SharePoint at our office.

    Good Luck!
     
    Sultans Of Sing, Aug 31, 2011
    #18
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    ByteBowser

    Joined:
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    Messages:
    2

    Nevertheless, the above adjustment to AR X does solve the problem.

    BB
     
    ByteBowser, Sep 1, 2011
    #19
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    AmCiAn

    Joined:
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    Messages:
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    Well, don't know if the problem I have has been discussed in this part of the forum, but it is also related to the popup window at the bottom.
    What's more, it pops up when I want to send a file through an uploader from Mediafire and other hosts.
    When I drag a file to the uploader it's there and the only options are Save, Save as, Save and open.
    No way I can send the file than doing it with Mozilla's Firefox, but then I can not handle my files on Mediafire and have to return to IE to do it there.
    LOL, this is weird!

    Anyone else has/had this problem, and what to do to solve it?

    TY for reading and TIA for a reply.
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2013
    AmCiAn, Mar 25, 2013
    #20
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