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    Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.13)

    This sounds like a stupid question, but it's not, because I'm flummoxed.

    I in Canada post and navigate to "Postal Standards". They offer a 1270 KB PDF file "Lettermail and Incentive Lettermail.

    When I click on that link, ("http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/downloads/downPS-e.asp") a Firefox window opens with Adobe reader; I can read the PDF file.

    I return to the page and try right-click, because I want to save the PDF file. No deal. I get a short 3-item context-sensitive menu, which does not include SaveAs.

    Back in the PDF I can choose (from the Firefox popup window) saveAs, and I do that, and I now have the PDF file, thank you very much.

    But if this were a large PDF file and/if I had a slower connection, is there some way to avoid two downloads - one that occurs when the new window opens with Adobe, and one to effect the save to hard disk?
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    Re: Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.1

    I don't think it involves TWO downloads, Chris. When you are looking at the file, it has ALREADY been downloaded to your hard drive and sits in your browser's cache (see attachment). I believe if, while you are looking at the PDF, you choose to save, the only thing that happens is a copy is made from the cache to wherever on the drive you specify. I did that and the cache and hard drive copy are the exact same number of bytes in size. (I have no technical knowledge of browser programming, only trial and error effort <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>)
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    Re: Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.13)

    When you click SaveAs in the popup window with the PDF and save the file, it is not downloaded a second time - it is simply copied from your browser cache to the folder that you specify.
    But if I right-click the "Lettermail and Incentive Lettermail" link, I get a popup menu in which "Save Link As..." is one of the options. This lets you save the .PDF file without opening the popup window.
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    Re: Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.1

    >I get a popup menu in which "Save Link As..." is one of the options.
    Odd.
    I get a different pop-up (below) - hence the origin of my enquiry.

    Thanks for the tip about the cache. For some reason I'd assumed the cache saved only HTML stuff, pages them selves, rather that (almost) anything that had come down the increasingly-narrow pipe.
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    Re: Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.1

    >a copy is made from the cache
    Al, thanks for the response. See also my response to Hans (above).

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    Re: Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.1

    > I get a different pop-up…

    Me too (see below) - it's all courtesy of whatever goodies/add-ons are loaded in FF, as well as any other tweaks you have applied that affect the context menus.
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    Re: Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.1

    >goodies/add-ons are loaded in FF, as well as any other tweaks

    Tim thanks for the added clarification.
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    Re: Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.1

    > Sometimes I think I'm going barmier than I really am...

    I'll have to digest that for a while... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.1

    Al, what is that printout in your attachment, and how do you get it?

    Cheers,
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    Re: Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.1

    >I'll have to digest that for a while..
    OK.
    That's long enough.
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    Re: Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.1

    Er.... yes. What? <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

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    Re: Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.1

    Not sure if I understand your question, Paul, but on the Fx URL line type <big>about:cache</big> and you'll get a screen like THIS attachment.
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    Re: Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.1

    Thanks, Al. That's exactly what I was looking for. I'm sure at some point I knew of the about:cache feature, but these senior's moments... well, they keep a coming.

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    Re: Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.1

    Most downloads destined for external applications are saved to the user's temp folder rather than the cache. Not sure about the plugin version of the reader. If you don't find the PDF in the browser cache, then check here:

    <code>Cocuments and SettingsusernameLocal SettingsTemp</code>

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    Re: Avoid 2nd download in Firefox (Firefox 2.0.1.1

    I have found that this FF Add-on well works for me.
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