How can I view everything firefox has downloaded? Temporary Internet Files

By geno2k3
Jun 4, 2009
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  1. Which folder should i try to access?
    How come some folders blank but they have files inside them?

    Im running Windows XP and i use FIREFOX to browse the internet.

    I wanna view all the files that have been downloaded / viewed throughout the day.

    Thanks!
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    at the top of the browser,select History-show all history. for downloads select 'tools'-'downloads'
  3. geno2k3

    geno2k3 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 111

    Thanks for your reply.

    I meant i wanna view every single image that was viewed on this computer. I know all the images are stored onto the computer somewhere.

    So like if i viewed a picture of a tree on some random webpage 2 days ago for example, i would be able to locate that picture of a tree somewhere on my computer? In some folder. Correct?

    Thanks agian.
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    oh I see, they would all be in your temporary internet files,files
  5. geno2k3

    geno2k3 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 111

    Thanks for the reply.

    I tried looking in there, its empty.

    The files seem to be hidden. I cant view anything.

    How can i unlock this folder so i can view everything inside it?
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    are you sure your virus scanner, or a program like ad-aware isnt set to empty the folder when its run? a registry cleaner like ccleaner will do that as well.
    or if someone deliberately wanted there internet activities deleted, its easy to do
  7. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    Vista = Control Panel -> Folder Options -> view tab -> select the button for show hidden files and folders -> apply

    XP = open my computer -> tools -> options -> view tab -> select the button for show hidden files and folders -> apply

    C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

    or

    c:\WINDOWS\Temporary Internet Files



    been to long since i used XP but in Vista you can also find your cache

    C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default\Cache
  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    fyi.. Here's a cool tool to
    >> Easily find the directories used by ANY browser for their cache and temporary files, etc.
    >> Vew all currently open files and the directories used by each program running on your computer.

    You can use the tool
    1) To see the open files by each running process (programs run as one or more processes)
    2) See what directory a program writes its files into
    3) When you keep getting those Windows "Cannot delete. File is in use" error, you can now find what program is keeping it open!

    Download OpenedFilesView. Click the column header to sort by process name or directory/file, etc.

    Note: For the most part you will be looking for files and folders under (for XP) C:\Documents and Setting. Files/folders you may see open under C:\Windows are Windows internal stuff generally needed/used by the program so it can run

    Vista will be a bit different (i forget its directory structure tho again stuff opened under C:\Windows will be for Windows internal stuff
  9. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +35

    A download is something you want to put on your hard drive such as a program. It can be found in Tools> Downloads. The downloads will remain there until you check 'clear list.' 'the 'download' feature has 2 parts:
    Downloading the setup file and saving it to the desktop or other location.
    Running or installing the program from the setup.

    IF you download a program and run-install- it, it will be in the temp or tmp file- not temporary internet files. They are different. Most programs- but not all-'clean up after the setup has been run.

    On the other hand, the sites that have been visited during the time History has been set for, appear as temporary internet files.

    You've gotten some good directions. But I'm not sure what it it is exactly you're wanting to do.

    Are you trying to scout out what sites a kid has gone to- sites they may have accessed, for instance?

    That's called History and it remains on the computer for as long as you have it set for> or until it has to overwrite due to system limits. It's save with the site address, called the URL.

    On the other hand, if you download anything in Firefox, you have put it on your computer> it's not just a URL for the site.
  10. CAMusing

    CAMusing TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 328

  11. deazy86

    deazy86 Newcomer, in training Posts: 42

    Hi there, try google search you will get the solution. :)
     
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