How to Copy Adobe Flash Files

Adobe Flash is a popular program and file format used to create animated and interactive websites. Flash is also used to embed and integrate video into web pages, create animated banner ads and develop rich internet applications. Flash files are typically saved in SWF format. Flash files can be copied from a web site and saved to your hard drive with a few clicks.

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Internet Explorer

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Open Internet Explorer and navigate to the web page of the Flash file you wish to copy.

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Click “Tools” and select “Internet Options” from the drop-down menu.

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Click “Settings” under “Browsing History” from the “General” tab.

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Select “View Files” under “Temporary Internet Files.”

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Click “View” and then “Details.” Scroll through the list of temporary internet files to locate the .swf file you are seeking.

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Select the file, right-click and choose “Copy.”

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Navigate to a folder or location of your choosing, right-click and choose “Paste.”

Firefox

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Open Firefox and navigate to the web page of the Flash file you wish to copy.

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Click “Tools” and select “Page Info” from the drop-down menu.

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Click the “Media” tab. A complete list of CSS files, images and Adobe Flash files that were downloaded by the browser will appear.

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Scroll through the list to locate the .swf file.

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Select the .swf file and click “Save As." Choose a folder or location on your hard drive and click “Save.”