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Download a file

When you want to download something from a website, for example a file, a Download dialog appears.

Click "Open" to open the file with Opera.

Click "Save" to specify where to save the file. After the file has been downloaded, open it by double-clicking in the Downloads panel or tab. When using this option, files are downloaded to this directory without asking for confirmation.

Note: Use virus-protection software before executing downloaded files.

Change download preferences

You can decide how Opera should handle files you download by going to Settings > Preferences > Advanced > Downloads.

The Downloads preference tab lists Opera's default setup for handling downloaded files. To edit a file type, find it in the list, or type the name in the "Quick find" field, highlight it, and select "Edit". The table below lists and describes the different editing options in the File type dialog.

Note: Be careful when editing file types. Opera depends on certain file types in order to work properly.

Show download dialog
Display multiple choice dialog on how to handle file.
Open with Opera
Opera can show text, markup languages, and images.
Save to disk
Opera can open downloaded files automatically.
Do not ask for folder, but save directly to
Specify a download location for files of a particular type. Click "Choose" to find a location.
Open with default application
Let your operating system decide which program to use when opening files of this file type.
Open with other application
Use a different application than the one your operating system is set to use by default.
Pass web address directly to application
Check this to pass the file address directly to the application. This is useful with streaming multimedia.
Use plug-in
Use a plug-in to view the file.

Add a file type

To add your own file types, go to Settings > Preferences > Advanced > Downloads and follow the steps below:

  1. Click "Add".
  2. Enter the correctly spelled MIME string you wish to set up.
  3. Enter a list of comma-separated file extensions to associate with the file type, for example "jpeg, jpg, jpe".
  4. Select the action Opera should take when encountering this file type.

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