- Users open their web mail accounts, click on some attachment, and click "Open with Word".
- Users edit their precious documents for hours. Users save word doc and exit.
- Users can't find file.
- Users grab torches and pitchforks (last step optional).
The cause of the problem
The download dialog for Firefox shows two options: "Save file" and "Open with".
By choosing "open with", Firefox downloads the file to a temp folder and opens the associated application. I want to prevent this behavior.
What I tried
I made my homework and searched the MozillaZine, and the Knowledge Base (like here, here or here) and if I understood correctly, the download dialog box will depend not on the file's extension, but rather on its mime type.
I know I can set the behavior by going to Preferences > Applications, like this:
- Firefox relies on the mime type informed by the server. But it can be itself incorrect, omitted, or redundant (one file type can have multiple mime types, or vice-versa).
- Firefox remembers the "Do this automatically for files like this from now on" check-box on a per-mimetype basis. If I want to enforce a certain behavior, I have to manually set it for each mime type.
- I can not create new entries in the applications list. It is populated only when a new download is made from an unregistered mime type. Only then I can change the behavior in the list.
- I can edit the mimetypes.rdf file, forcing the "save file" behavior, but I couldn't find a way to enforce this to all files.
What I need is a way to (preferably) make it impossible to open with an external application, or at least to force the file to be saved.
I know I can set
about:config to have it save the file when I click pressing ALT, but I need some solution that does not require user interaction.