I often download temporary files. I don't want to save them anywhere permanent I just want to look at them and then have them go away automatically after I read them.

I am using Firefox 98.0.2 (64-bit) and in older versions of Firefox, I used to be able to do this by selecting "open" instead of "save as". In a recent update, that dialog went away and I don't see a way to restore it. Now, instead, I have to save the files somewhere manually and then remember to delete them later (or manually navigate to temp, which is approximately as annoying).

This is the screen I want back:

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Is there a way to restore this prompt?


2 Answers 2


Go into Preferences> General, and select the "Ask before opening" option for (in your example) Microsoft Word 98-2003 Document.

  • General information here and a more complete overview on changing settings for individual content types here. Commented Apr 7, 2022 at 23:14
  • I have changed every file type in that setting window to "always ask" and when I try to download a Ubuntu disk image via bittorrent, the .torrent file skips to the file-chooser dialog rather than showing the desired dialog.
    – JoshuaD
    Commented Apr 7, 2022 at 23:17
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    Are .torrent files listed there? If not, you may wish to try right-clicking a downloaded .torrent file in the Downloads panel and choose "Always Open Similar Files". According to the Firefox documentation, the file will likely open in the system default application and a new Content Type entry should be added to the Applications section of Firefox settings, with the download action set to use that application. I would think you could change the settings to your preference afterwards. Commented Apr 8, 2022 at 0:17

I installed 98.0.2 to test this, it worked for me.

  1. Go to about:config
  2. Search for browser.download.improvements_to_download_panel
  3. Double click the row to change it to false

preview of setting

Yes, it is an awful variable name.

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