Someone please tell me there is a way to do this. On OSX, whenever I click a link that is to something other than another webpage, it forces me to save it to my downloads folder and then I have to click on the downloaded file to actually open it. For example, in our Helpdesk software, most of the helpdesk tickets people create have .jpg attachments for screenshots, etc. Why can't I simply click the link and have the .jpg image open in Preview? It is ridiculously annoying to have to save all of these images that I do not WANT to actually save copies of in my downloads folder. I simply want to LOOK at it and then forget it.
The second pain with this is that I have to periodically go clean out thousands of crap temporary images out of the downloads folder.
Is there a setting somewhere that can fix this? Clicking the same link in Windows gives me the option to "open" or "save". Why can't I do this in OSX Mountain Lion?