How to Copy Adobe Flash Movies to My Computer

By Chris Moore

If you watch a lot of Flash videos over the Internet, especially ones multiple times, you might want to copy and save the movies onto your computer so you won't have to worry about Internet connections or download time again. Internet Explorer and Firefox both have methods of saving downloaded Flash files to your computer. You must download the complete temporary file before you can save it. You must also keep the Internet browser open while you save it.

Explorer

Step 1

Go to the "Tools" menu in Internet Explorer and select "Internet Options" from the bottom of the menu. The box that opens should be on the General tab by default.

Step 2

Click on the "Settings" button, which is located in the middle of the General tab within the "Temporary Internet Files" section. Click the "View Files" button, and the "Temporary Internet Files" folder will open up.

Step 3

Select the "Details" command within the "View" menu to bring up the list of temporary files if it is not already up. Return to the "View" menu and select "Arrange Icons By" followed by "Internet Address" to arrange the files alphabetically by website.

Step 4

Scroll through the list of files until you find the website and Flash video file you want. Right-click on this file and select "Copy" from the menu box that appears. Select a folder on your computer to save the file to and click the Save button.

Firefox

Step 1

Go to Firefox's "Tools" menu and select the "Page Info" command. In the Page Info box that appears, go to the "Media" tab.

Step 2

Scroll through the list of temporary downloaded files in the Media tab to locate your Flash video file; it will have an .swf suffix.

Step 3

Click on the file name and then click on the "Save As" button. Save the copied file to a selected folder on your computer hard drive.