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I like to download some of the shows from Channel 9. This was no problem in Opera, but in Google Chrome I'm not quite sure how to do this. When I click on a link to a wmv file it starts to stream it with the windows media plug-in instead of downloading it. This is of course ok in some circumstanses, but right now I want to download it. And I can't figure out how...

Any ideas?


Actually, I just figured out in this particular case I could right-click and do Save As. But I still would like to know how to do it if you just had the direct url to a media file. For example when copied from an email or chat client.

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If I receive a direct link to a media file, I usually use wget for windows to download it.

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but that is a console thing isn't it? think I installed it once, but figured it was too much hassle to use... –  Svish Aug 20 '09 at 18:04
    
Yes it's a console program. There are GUIs for wget, a quick google search should return some results. Personally, I don't use any GUI since I could just: wget -c example.com/example.wmv. The -c is there so that it resumes downloading the file if a file with the same name is found on the current directory. –  Ramon Marco Navarro Aug 21 '09 at 13:25
    
Command line tools aren't a hassle, they're actually simpler and often more deterministic than GUIs. They should be preferred for these tasks. –  jco Jan 4 '13 at 15:05
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Click on link (where you pick quality) with right mouse and click on "Save as...". :)

UPDATE

You can use some download manager, it's best way.

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Yeah, just figured that out too, hehe. Updated the question though, cause I would still like to know how to solve it when you only have the direct link. –  Svish Aug 2 '09 at 18:30
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Try choosing the format, right click it and click "save link as..."

EDIT: Ah, the link... Try clicking the page button (left side of the wrench) and do the "save page as" from there.

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Works for the channel 9 site, but what if you just had the url? –  Svish Aug 2 '09 at 20:23
    
You could change what it's directing to by pasting the url in the adress bar of the Save as: pop up –  Ivo Flipse Aug 3 '09 at 9:40
    
Clicking Save page as didn't seem to work... does it work for you? –  Svish Aug 3 '09 at 17:04
    
Yup, I tested it. –  Artur Carvalho Aug 3 '09 at 18:44
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Anything that is linked to can be "saved as" before following the link by right-clicking instead of left-clicking on the link. If it's something you visited in the past, it might be fastest to search for it in your history and then click it. With chrome://history/

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But what if you don't have a link to it? When you just have the url. –  Svish Aug 2 '09 at 20:08
    
Well in that case you could put the url into a text file with the html around it <a href="url">right click me</a> and drag the file into a chrome window. –  dlamblin Aug 3 '09 at 22:34
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To use the 'SAVE LINK AS' from the right click menu when you have the URL but no link, create a link on http://jsfiddle.net

For example: http://jsfiddle.net/8t3TH/

<a href="http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/g2/font/LGSmartRegular.svg">
   right click me to download</a>
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Just paste it in address bar and hit go. When it loads, hit Ctrl+S

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