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Windows 7: "Save as" default (most recent) folder always changes

12 Jun 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
"Save as" default (most recent) folder always changes

Why is it that when there are a number of same size, same type, same extension files on the same page I want to save to a single folder each "save as" I perform prompts me with a different location instead of remembering the last folder saved to? This is my experience when using Firefox.

On the other hand, while using IE (limited experience) it seems to remember the last saved-to location as long as it's within the same browser session AND same tab. If an image is opened in a new tab (or session) it automatically switches the save-to to the default "Pictures" folder.

I'm assuming since both browsers now act differently than they did with previous OS's (XP and lesser) it must be something inherent in Win7's architecture. Is there any way of changing this annoying behavior without resorting to 3rd party download managers?

Searching this question I was only able to locate a couple Microsoft threads with frustrated and, as yet, unsatisfied users.
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15 Jun 2014   #2
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home x64

Firefox remembers per site where files were stored, and should save files to that same location by default. If you download a file from then the next time you download from that site, it should remember where the last file downloaded from that site was saved.

Make sure you don't have FF set to not remember history

Tools> Options> Privacy> History

It should be set to Remember History if you want FF to remember last d/l location.

"Save as" default (most recent) folder always changes-history.jpg

If you don't want FF to remember history, you might try to add an about:config setting to restore that behavior

Firefox Save Image As Save Per Site Annoyance

In your case, you would want FF to remember per site (true (default) - The last used directory for the website (host) serving the file for download will be preselected in the file picker. If no download directory for the current website has been stored, will be used.)

You could also create a new profile and see if the behavior exists there (assuming you do have Remember History already selected)

A Guy

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16 Jun 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

You have definitely saved me loads of frustrations A Guy.

FF was already set to Remember History but digging around the config file as per the wiki link you provided I added the savePerSite string and now it once again works in legacy fashion. The last save-to directory is recalled independent of file type or url.

Many thanks for providing the answer to my dilema.
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16 Jun 2014   #4
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home x64

Great, glad you got it sorted. You're welcome

A Guy
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