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Topic # 111635 9-Nov-2012 17:49 Send private message

Whenever I clink on a link to a file (such as an exe or pdf file etc, Chrome will pop up a dialog with the only option being to SAVE or Cancel - no RUN or OPEN option.  I then have to download the file and open/run it separately.

Looking in Chrome options I cant find anything likley to affect this.

Is there anything I can do to get this functionality?  TIA. 

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  Reply # 714851 9-Nov-2012 17:54 Send private message

You save it, and then click the file on the download bar at the bottom of the page to open/run it when the download completes. another click will cancel the open/run (but not stop the download).




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  Reply # 715102 10-Nov-2012 12:10 Send private message

mjb: You save it, and then click the file on the download bar at the bottom of the page to open/run it when the download completes. another click will cancel the open/run (but not stop the download).


To do this I have to click SAVE, selection a location for the file, wait for the download to complete then OPEN.  Too many steps - why cant I just RUN to start with?

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  Reply # 715105 10-Nov-2012 12:16 Send private message

Under settings make sure the option "Ask where to save each file before downloading" is unticked



Then when you download a file you can set the default action to take




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  Reply # 715125 10-Nov-2012 13:29 Send private message

Again this is not the solution - I dont want to download the file - I just want to run it.

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  Reply # 715143 10-Nov-2012 14:09 Send private message

you do realise that in other browsers when you select to run something instead of save that you are still downloading it.
The difference is that browsers like firefox save it to a tmp folder before running it.
Chrome doesn't have this option but as I understand it there is a longstanding bug report on it.

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  Reply # 715157 10-Nov-2012 14:33 Send private message

OldGeek: Again this is not the solution - I dont want to download the file - I just want to run it.


The file is *ALWAYS* downloaded. In some browser if you click RUN instead of Save it just downloads the whole thing to a temporary location.

There is no way to run a file that is not in your computer.





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  Reply # 715239 10-Nov-2012 17:25 Send private message

As above, the file doesn't run from the destination, it still downloads locally albeit into a temp folder.

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  Reply # 715242 10-Nov-2012 17:30 Send private message

oh, Chrome does come with a built in pdf viewer that can be enabled to avoid the save dialogue 

Check the instructions here on how to enable it

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-enable-built-pdf-viewer-google-chrome.htm

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  Reply # 715265 10-Nov-2012 18:38 Send private message

Sorry, I mean run from source not destination :D



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  Reply # 715315 10-Nov-2012 21:40 Send private message

Many thanks to all those who have responded.

While I understand that running any program requires it to be downloaded first, the fact remains that chrome does not do this as seamlessly as other browsers.

I also have an unrelated problem with chrome repeatedly freezing (workaraound is to open or use another tab).  The combination of both problems is leading me to go back to IE.

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  Reply # 715829 12-Nov-2012 13:34 Send private message

While we're talking about Chrome and downloading, one thing I do often is saving images from websites. My main browser is Opera and using this I can right-click an image and choose Save Image from the right-click image, and the image is saved. On Chrome when I do this the image is saved but also added to the download bar, thus causing me to have to remove it. Is there any way I can just save the image without it being added to the download bar?

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