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How to call File DownLoad Window of the browser?

Posted on 2000-01-02
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2006-11-17
I want to call the file download window of the browser(IE & Netscape) to download txt, jpg & gif files (these type of files r displayed in the browser instead of download when i gave the href..)
Question by:kulsmadya

Accepted Solution

tecbuilder earned 60 total points
ID: 2319584
The quick answer is you can't.  These are built in functions of the browser.  What you should do is include instructions as to how people can get the text file and images.  A text file (.txt) can be displayed in a browser window.  If people want to save the file, all they need to do is click on the menu File | Save As (Netscape and MSIE).  For images, people need to right click on the image and select Save Image As (Netscape) or Save Picture As (MSIE).


Expert Comment

ID: 2338621
for the path to the document do


or try zipping the file for download.

basically if the browser can't display the type of file if brings up the 'save as' dialogue box. If it can display it, it does.

so that if you want to bring up the 'save as' dialogoe for a pdf file, instead of displaying it in the browser window, zip it so that the extension is .zip (and not .pdf), and put a bit of text by the link telling the user they will need to unzip it after download (winzip is so ubiquitous this isn't usually a problem).


Expert Comment

ID: 7930938
The following should work in IE 5.0+, although I haven't tested with Netsacpe / Opera yet.

(1) In your HTML file, add the following Javascript:

  function callSaveAs() {
    if (document.execCommand) {
        location = 'listGenerateRecurrentPayment2.html';
    } else {
      alert('SaveAs Function Not Supported by Browser');

(2) In the desired location (a Form Button, a HREF link, etc.), add this Javascript action to it:


That should do it.


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