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If you don’t like the way your Firefox download manager acts, here are some useful tricks to make it smarter, lighter and behave the way YOU want. By default, all the stuff you download from the Internet is automatically added to Recent Items folder on Windows’ Start menu (did you know that?). If you don’t like the idea that people, using your computer, can find out what you just downloaded, here is how to block this  dangerous Firefox download manager behaviour.

  1. In your Firefox address bar, type: about:config and press enter.
  2. A message followed by a button saying “I’ll be carefull. I promise!” should appear. Click on it.
  3. Type browser.download.manager.addToRecentDocs in the Filter.
  4. Double-click on it to set it to false.
  • When you shut Firefox down, all active downloads are paused and resumed automatically next time you turn the browser on. To prevent this behaviour:
  1. In your Firefox address bar, type: about:config and press enter.
  2. A message followed by a button saying “I’ll be carefull. I promise!” should appear. Click on it.
  3. Type browser.download.manager.quitBehavior in the Filter.
  4. Double-click on it and set the value to: 1 if you don’t want Firefox to resume download automatically, 2 if you wish to delete all active download once you close Firefox.
  • After a download is over, the download manager logs it until you decide to clear the download history. To delete such entries once the download is over or as soon as you quit Firefox follow these steps:
  1. In your Firefox address bar, type: about:config and press enter.
  2. A message followed by a button saying “I’ll be carefull. I promise!” should appear. Click on it.
  3. Type browser.download.manager.retention in the Filter.
  4. Double-click on it and set the value to 0 to delete download entries as soon as they are completed, 1 as soon as you quit the browser.

Source: Mozillalinks.org




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One Comment to “Tricks to improve Firefox download manager”

  1. Sferonimo Says:

    Hy! How do i resume a broken download (how do i use the .part file from the download folder)? Please reply to -> genomexg @ yahoo dot com<- Thanks!


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