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In Firefox, if you drag and drop a URL (pointing to MyDocument.PDF, for example) into Total Commander (or Windows Explorer), Firefox will create a link (MyDocument.URL pointing to MyDocument.PDF) instead of downloading the PDF file.
Is it possible to actually download the file instead of getting a .url file?


Yes, I know, I could use 'Save target as...' in the contextual menu but this will open an additional 'where to save' dialog box.

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  • To be more clear: I want to get the actual file when I drag and drop it, instead of getting a URL. – Gravity May 26 '14 at 7:55
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Try DragIt. This extension allows you to drag and drop files to save on your disk.

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  • I looks like it won't save the file to Windows Explorer current's folder but to predefined list of folder. +1 anyway. The plug in is interesting. – Gravity May 26 '14 at 14:47
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OMG! I just find out that this feature is already implemented but not in Firefox, in Total Commander! More exactly it does exactly what I want if do a 'shift + drag and drop'. This will open a 'Connect to web host' box that will download the file.

Anyway, anyone can post a solution that will work from within Firefox, I will accept that solution instead of mine (because mine will work of course only with Total Commander).

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Try to hold down Ctrl while dragging and dropping. Seems to work with Firefox 40 and Nautilus 3.16.2 on Linux. I tried Googling but found no references to this anywhere.

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