Downloading Files & embedded pictures etc w/Firefox

By macx ยท 11 replies
Dec 16, 2007
  1. Have found over time that when I try to save something I find on the internet to my computer, that it doesn't actually save the document/file/picture, whatever, but rather seems to make a link to it so when I try to open it it has to reconnect to the internet to actually open the file. In other words,
    it doesn't seem to actually save the file to my computer

    Current version of Firefox, has actually behaved the same with
    whatever version ever since I switched to FF a couple yrs ago.

    Sometimes I can open everything in the file but frequently embedded thumbnails/pictures etc won't open.

    I also have tried to attach downloaded files to email and they often
    can't be opened by the recipient.

    And have tried to burn them to a CD which doesn't work, either.
    Still has to go thru connecting to the internet to open the file,
    and again embedded thumbnails/pics etc won't open at all.

    Have tried selecting all, copying, pasting to i.e. Word, but that
    doesn't work either, the format often is all askew.

    I'm trying to somehow give a large group of files that I've saved
    over a period of time to a friend of mine to share some info on a
    variety of subjects - lots of it is data but there also frequently
    are embedded pictures etc.

    Sure would appreciate some help on how to actually download and
    save files off the internet as opposed to whatever you'd call what
    seems to be doing it by just saving a link. They're always called
    "Firefox File" - ??

    Thanks so much!
  2. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    When I want to download a file with Firefox,I right click on the link,

    and select "Save to download folder" or "Save target as"

    If it`s an image/picture, then you select "Save image"
  3. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    That's what I've been doing to save files,
    just tried it again, and when you log off the
    internet and then open the file, it opens it
    by connecting to the internet, not by opening
    something that's actually been saved on the
    computer. So if you try to attach it to an
    email or send it to someone that doesn't
    use FF, it won't open.

    Take a look at your file extensions that you've
    saved and see if they aren't called "Firefox File".

    I can save plain images, but if I try to save a
    document that has images etc embedded in it,
    and reopen the document then sometimes it
    can't open the images, just the text etc.
  4. eroz

    eroz TS Enthusiast Posts: 76

    Try an add-on. I forgot what the name of it is.......I think it might be Video DownloadHelper.
  5. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    I've got that - AFAIK it's just for video.
  6. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    Try starting Firefox in Firefox Safe Mode

    It`s in the programs menu,from your Start button.

    That resets everything,temporarily,to it`s original state.

    If you can save things properly in that mode,

    then either one of your extensions or user preferences,

    is causing the problem.

    If the problem persists in that mode, then you must be doing

    something wrong. :)
  7. DreamWorks

    DreamWorks TS Rookie


    If i understand correctly...your firefox saves only the link to the content you want to save. For example if you want to save a webpage with pictures in it..or (as you see) just save the page with the option complete from the dropdown menu. Go offline and you'll see it works very well. Also check your activeX settings..maybe some sites use those controls and u have to play with them a while. Good luck.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    from the File menu->Save Page As opens a dialog to:
    save the Web Page, Complete (add .html to your file name)
    save the page only (no graphics; add .html to your file name)
    save the Web page as a text file (add .txt)​
    the beauty of save Complete is that the graphics ARE saved to the HD
    in a directory similarly named as the saved-file-name.html
    No online access is necessary but, the links are active and will take you to
    the proper online page if clicked :)

    to save just one graphic; right-click on that image, save image as ...
  9. smee56

    smee56 TS Rookie

    May i suggest the UNPLUG can save all embedded media and also if downloading a mass amount of pics use batch download
  10. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    Thank you very much!

    Haven't tried either of the last 2 methods yet,
    but sounds like they should work.

    Another one of those things that could be made
    simpler / more intuitive for non-IT types like myself!
  11. smee56

    smee56 TS Rookie

    i just hope what ive given you works
  12. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    Well, best suggestion I've heard yet, and if it doesn't

    I'll be back!:wave:
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