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