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How to Download Internet Documents

The process to open online documents is largely dependent on which browser you are using. Documents may either open up in the browser window or download automatically. You can always right-click on the document link and "save as" to your computer. However, if you prefer to set your browser to download automatically, here are some tips to help you understand how to download documents in some of the more common internet browsers.

firefox logoFirefox

You can find instructions for changing the document handler on this Mozilla Support page.

chrome logoChrome

In Chrome, click on the document link. You will see a box at the bottom of the page that looks like this:

screen capture of opening instructions

Click on the arrow and select "Always open files of this type" as shown below. You will need to do this for each document type (i.e., pdf, doc, and ppt)

screen capture of opening instructions

internet explorer logoInternet Explorer

In the "Tools" menu at the top of the screen, select "Internet options" at the bottom of the menu. From there go to the security tab. Click the "Custom level" button towards the bottom of the screen. Scroll down until you see the selection below and select "Enable."

bing logoBing

This browser will automatically download your documents from the internet to your download folder on your "C" drive.

edge logoMicrosoft Edge

This browser will automatically download your documents from the internet to your download folder on your "C" drive.

safari logoSafari

Setting this browser up to download automatically may be too complicated for the average user. To download individual documents as needed, click on the document then hold down option key and press enter. The document will automatically download to your computer.

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