When you download a file from the Internet, you may not be prompted for the location in which to save the file that you are downloading. Instead, the file may be opened.
This behavior can occur if you clear the Always ask before opening this type of file check box when you download a file. If you do this, files of this type are automatically placed in the Temporary Internet Files folder and opened by the program that is associated with the file type.
If you want to be prompted for a download location for the file type, follow these steps:
Double-click My Computer.
On the View menu, click Folder Options.
On the File Types tab, click the appropriate file type in the Registered File Types box.
Click to select the Confirm Open After Download check box.
Click OK, and then click OK.
When you first click a link to download a file, the File Download dialog box appears. You have the following options:
Open this file from its current location
Save this file to disk
Always ask before opening this type of file
If you clear the Always ask before opening this type of file check box, you indicate that this type of file should always be opened with the associated program. The file is then downloaded to your Temporary Internet Files folder and opened.
If the Always ask before opening this type of file check box is unavailable, there is no program associated with the file type. For example, if you download a file with a .zip extension, the check box is unavailable unless you have installed a program that can open .zip files.
For additional information about downloading .exe files with Internet Explorer, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
140991 Internet Explorer Opens .exe Files Instead of Downloading Them
For additional information about a tool to automate this process for all Microsoft Office file types, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
238918 Availability of Microsoft Office Document Open Confirmation Tool
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