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I am trying to download a Photoshop shape file (.csh), and instead of downloading it, IE treats it as a webpage and shows a series of symbols.

When I try to save it, I am told to either save as an html file or txt file. If I save as txt file and change the extension, Photoshop says it is invalid, since IE saves the text source, not the actual file.

I ended up having to use a download program to download it. Why is IE treating it as a webpage, and is there a way to fix the problem? Firefox shows the same issue.

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Looks like the server's giving it the wrong Content-Type header. m4573r's answer might serve as a workaround; I'd also report it as a server issue to whoever runs designmoo.com.

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After downloading and trying this in chrome, it seems to indeed be a server issue, and I have contacted the owners of the website. – msbg Oct 2 '12 at 22:07

You should try this:

  1. Click on the link
  2. Choose Save as...
  3. Choose Text file in Save as type:
  4. Choose Unicode in Encoding:
  5. Click save
  6. Change the extension of the newly saved file.
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Right click on the link

right click menu

Select Save Target As...

In the save box that appears Save file dialog
change save as type: to All Files

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Clear workaround. – msbg Oct 2 '12 at 21:55

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