moderated Re: how to download without going through f6 download bar


No offense, but I don't think very many people are using IE any more. Whether you have to go to the downloads bar with F6 or, as in IE, press Alt + N seems to be somewhat the same to me except it's a different key stroke.

In any case, you can always go into Google Chrome or Edge settings, go to the "Downloads" category and tell the browser not to ask where to save a file, once you do it will simply download to the location you specified, by default that should be the Downloads folder. Below is a copy of what this looks like:




C:\Users\Your Profile\Downloads

Change button

Ask me what to do with each download

Always ask me if I want to save a file or open it without saving, checked


I have this checked because I often want to save files I download to different folders, but as I said, if you uncheck it you should no longer have to do anything, whatever file will simply download to the Downloads folder.



Best regards,



From: <> On Behalf Of Andrew Summers via
Sent: Monday, February 15, 2021 12:28 PM
Subject: Re: how to download without going through f6 download bar


What browser are you using?

If it is IE, hold the alt key with n and tab to open or save.

Then repeat above steps.

The only change is, open folder.

Tab to open folder and press enter

The file should be in your downloads.

Job done.




From: <> On Behalf Of CJ &AA MAY
Sent: 15 February 2021 20:07
Subject: Re: how to download without going through f6 download bar


I’m being a bit slow here, Brenda, so forgive me.

I belong to a Rock Choir and our parts are shared via their website. So, I find the audio file I need to download, hit the download link and at that point I have no choice but to hit f6 and keep tabbing until I am offered the option of save or open. By default the download goes to my download folder where I can find it and then save it to wherever I choose.

I am unsure how this would work using your method.




From: <> On Behalf Of Brenda Emerson-Alford
Sent: 15 February 2021 18:02
Subject: Re: how to download without going through f6 download bar




I am not sure this will answer your question or meet your needs but this is what I do.  I rarely use F6 to go to the download page.  I simply use windows E for file explorer and then do first letter navigation to get to the download page.  Then I open the file that was downloaded and either read it or save it.  While I am sure there are many ways to work efficiently with the download bar (F6) I find this method effective for me and not frustrating.  I must admit that I found Internet Explorer easier to use because it gave you an audio cue to hit alt N and then you could simply tab to open or save and then arrow down to complete your necessary actions.

Hope this helps some and thanks to everyone on this list for all of the tips and instructions which are constantly being listed.  I learn something new every day.



From: <> On Behalf Of CJ &AA MAY
Sent: Monday, February 15, 2021 3:10 AM
Subject: Re: how to download without going through f6 downlod bar


A while ago someone mentioned how to download and the item would automatically be placed in your downloads folder without having to go through the f6 procedure. Could someone please remind me how this is done.

And, whilst on this topic, do we no longer use alt n to access the save or open options?


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