How to Download Files With Safari

By Techwalla Internet Editor

As you surf the Internet with the Safari Web browser, you will often run into Web sites that offer downloadable files or links to files that you want to download onto your own computer. You may want to download an audio or video file, a computer program, a text file or any number of other downloadable files. Safari offers many different tools to help users download and manage files. These include security features that can help protect your computer against corrupted files or viruses.

Things You'll Need

  • Safari Web browser
  • Internet access
  • Macintosh computer with OS 10.4.2

Set Your Download Preferences

Step 1

Open up the Safari Web browser and go the Safari 'Preferences' window.

Step 2

Click on the heading 'General.'

Step 3

Choose a destination for downloaded files by selecting an option from the pull down menu.

Step 4

Choose whether you want to remove download list items manually or automatically.

Step 5

Check the correct box if you want Safari to automatically open 'Safe' files after downloading. 'Safe' files can include movies, pictures, audio, disk images and text documents.

Step 6

Close the Safari 'Preferences' window.

Start Downloading Files

Step 1

Open up the Safari Web browser and go to a page with downloadable content.

Step 2

Click on an available link to download the file.

Step 3

Monitor the progress of your download in the Downloads window that appears.

Step 4

Choose 'Downloads' from the 'Window' menu if you do not automatically see the Downloads window.

Step 5

Locate the downloaded file in the destination that you specified.

Step 6

Double-click on the file in order to open it.

Step 7

Manage and keep track of your downloads by organizing them into different folders (i.e. the Music Folder, Movies folder, Images folder, etc.).

Tips & Warnings

  • You can download Safari 2.0.1 by going to the 'Downloads' page on Apple's Web site (see Resources below).
  • Safari 2.0.1 requires a computer running OS 10.4.2 or later.
  • Join Apple's online discussion forums to learn more about Safari from other users (see Resources below).
  • If you download a compressed file, Safari will automatically decompress it for you. If you download a file that contains an installer, Safari will automatically open the installer.
  • Safari will automatically check 'Safe' files for any security problems before opening them.
  • This guide was written specifically for Safari version 2.0.1 and may not be applicable to previous versions.
  • If you do not change the download destination in the Preferences window, Safari will automatically download files to your desktop.