How to Download Files With Safari

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How to Download Files With Safari. 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.

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Set Your Download Preferences

Step 1

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

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Step 2

Click on the heading 'General.'

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Step 4

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

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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.).

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