Sometimes the simple usability tips are the ones that people overlook the most. Creating a downloads folder not only keeps things organized when you download things from the Web in Firefox, it also will save you time too.
More About the Downloads Settings and Options
In the menu bar, go to Tools and then select Options. In the Main tab in the options menu, you should see an area where you can configure how Firefox handles your downloads.
I would recommend selecting the Save files to option and setting up a downloads folder where you can save all your downloaded files. Why? It makes it much easier to find them after you are done, and also it keeps your desktop clean – which often is the default place to dump things for many people out there. I have mine setup right inside of my documents in Windows XP and my profile folder inside of Vista. It doesn’t matter where you put it, as long as it is somewhere you can easily reach.
Show the Downloads window when downloading a file is pretty obvious, checked it will show the download manager box as your downloads progress and unchecked, it’ll keep the download information and alerts in your Firefox status bar. You can also select the option to close it when all downloads are finished. I don’t do this, cause I usually want to check out what I just downloaded after I downloaded it.
Always ask me where to save the files might be a good option for those of you out there that need to have everything in it’s specific spot, but often becomes a great time waster.
Just dump your downloads into a folder called, “Downloads” – it makes things much easier.