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Firefox 3 won't open .exe files from the Download Manager

By greatman05
Dec 29, 2008
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  1. Hello. As the title says, I can't seem to open any executable files from the Download Manager. Is there a way to fix this, or will I just have to deal with this as an annoyance in computing?
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Tools> Downloads> right click> Open on the download.
  3. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 536

    That doesn't work...I can open the file fine from Windows Explorer, but the Download Manager will not let me open it, no matter how many times I try that...Any other suggestions?
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Maybe I should ask you: What and where is the 'Download Manager'?
  5. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 536

    The default Download Manager that comes with Firefox...In the Tools menu under "Downloads"...
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    The Firefox default location for downloads is the desktop. Unless you have changed this, find the download on the desktop and double click to open. Opening using the Tools> Download screen reqwuires a right click on the download> Open.
  7. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 536

    Ok...what I'm trying to say is, there is something in my Firefox configuration that prevents me from opening executables directly from Firefox, and I don't know what it is (right-clicking on the download and clicking Open from the Download Manager has no effect besides the usual confirmation dialog, but I can still open the downloaded executable from wherever I downloaded to)...is there a way for me to fix this short of reinstalling Firefox?
  8. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Do you understand if you want to open the download from within the Download Manager in Firefox, that you do a right click> open?

    I just did a download, then closed the Download Manager. Went to Tools> Downloads> right click> open on what I had just downloaded.

    What are you doing differently?
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