Drag or Paste Link in Safari Downloads Window to Immediately Download on Mac

Aug 17, 2010 - 2 Comments

Safari icon

Did you know you can download a file instead of opening it in Safari on the Mac, simply by dragging a link to the Downloads window of Safari?

This is a little known trick but it’s quite useful, particularly if you have a direct download link stored in your clipboard, or a URL elsewhere.

Just drag or paste a copied link into the Safari Downloads window and you’ll instantly download it rather than launching it into a new page.

You can access the Downloads window from the Window menu, or by hitting Option+Command+L within the Safari app

safari downloads window

You can also start the download of a file by holding down the Option key when clicking a URL in Safari, that will force the targeted link or file to download as well.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS X


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  1. Chrissy says:

    This is very helpful if you want to download a .swf, since normally a browser will just open it in the window.

  2. You can also paste in a list of URLs to download all of them.

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