So I thought I’d write a quick post about this as it was a problem when I installed Firefox on my new system. Basically what it boils down to is this:
Safari = Evil
Seriously. Don’t ever use a browser that does things like this by default. But I digress.
So, I had my Macbook Pro back all fixed and such and I installed Firefox and everything was working fine. And then I downloaded a couple of pdfs using Firefox and they opened themselves automatically. And it kept happening. Whenever I downloaded a file, regardless of type – pdf, mp4, png or whatever, it would open automatically.
Now, I do NOT like my computer to open things without me asking it to. EVER.
I assumed the issue was with the browser I was using, so, naturally, I was looking for a solution in the Firefox preferences. I should have remembered that this had never ever happened before in all the ten years I have been using Firefox. But thinking logically, if you were having problems with files automatically opening after being downloaded using a browser, you’d think the problem would be with the browser, right?
The problem is NOT with Firefox!! It is with Safari!!! Stupid stupid Safari. If you have Safari installed it is causing this problem!!!
But yes, rant over here’s the fix.
Go into the Safari Preferences.
Under the General tab untick the box at the bottom labelled Open “safe” files after downloading (it tells you that “Safe” files include movies, pictures, sounds, PDF and text documents, and archives.)
And that’s it.
But seriously, that is a huge (insert swearword(s) of choice) headache caused by a program wholly unconnected to my browser. The fact that this box is ticked by default is beyond stupid, it is completely ridiculous!! Entirely insane! I mean, if I was using Windows I would be drowning in viruses if my computer automatically opened “safe files”(although Windows has all ports open by default so it’s like virus central anyway). What a load of rubbish.
So yes, in conclusion, be careful using Safari guys, it is dangerous!