How to get IE8 to auto-save downloaded files to a specific directory

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QUESTION :

I’m primarily a Firefox/Chrome user and I want to get IE8 to exhibit the same behavior of Firefox wherein I can specify that if I download files of type “x” they get auto-saved to the preference-specified download directory without being prompted to “Save or Open” and/or specify the save location.

ANSWER :

A bit rusty on IE8, but if memory serves …

Go into the Internet Explorer Options and in the Advanced tab turn off “Notify when downloads complete”, that should stop it asking you for a location.

Notify when downloads complete

If you want to set the default download location, you need to change a registry setting in HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet Explorer. Create a String key named Download Directory (or update it if it’s already there) and set the value to the directory you want.

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