General discussion

  • Why does Microsoft make everything so complicated.  The pop-up "View and Track your downloads" in IE 9 is a nuisance.  No matter if I click Open or Save, THE FILE DOES NOT OPEN FROM MY DESKTOP.  How can I disable this box and allow my files to open from my desktop?

    Dottie Sinkler
    Sunday, June 26, 2011 11:55 AM

All replies

  • Hi Dottie,


    I would like to know what file you want to open.? Is it on Desktop?


    Please understand the Download Manager will manage all your downloads. you can see your download history, files, location here.



    When the file has not been downloaded yet, it will prompt Open or Save button. However, if you download the file successfully, it will prompt Open or Run button. Therefore, I suggest saving the file first. If the file has been saved, you can double click the file from your desktop to open it directly.


    Meanwhile, as far as I know, the Download Manager cannot be disabled.


    Best Regards,


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    Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:01 AM
  • I ALSO AGREE. The pop-up "View and Track your downloads" in IE 9 is a nuisance!

    I can't believe there's no way to disable it.

    Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:47 PM
  • OK, so you guys decided to make things more difficult and time consuming, and that's just the way it is?  Every day, I lean more and more towards Apple.  It seems like the gods at microsoft just want to make sure we do things their way and their way only.  What was the development meeting like?


    Dev 1: "Hey, here's an idea.  Let's take something that works great and can be done very simply and fast, and we'll break it! 

    Dev 2:  Awesome dude.  But, let's make sure that this is a fixed feature with no way of turning it off.  This way, people will have to waste a lot of time doing something that shouldn't take any time at all!

    Dev 1:  But won't that cause people to complain?

    Dev 2:  Who cares?  First of all, who are they going to complain to except our forum guys in India?  Secondly, what's it matter.  We'll just say that someone else thought of it, and we don't know if there will be any changes.

    Dev 1:  Dude, we rock.  Let's waste people time for no reason.  It will be awesome!


    What a bunch of ignorant fools.  Why break something that worked already.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:53 PM
  • The DUMBEST program in the history of Windows. I created a simple Doc file in Microsoft Word program and that idiot program will not open it or let me clear the box it is listed in.
    Wednesday, July 27, 2011 3:00 PM
  • Thanks Nicki for your reply.  I have tried everything imaginable including your suggestions and no matter what I click "Do you want to open or save this file" NOTHING OPENS.  Before downloading IE9 all that I had to do was to click an icon on my desktop and the file, program and/or E-Mail opened.  Now I get this box asking "Do you want to open or save this file" and it is most annoying.  Why would I click the desktop icon if I did NOT want to open the file.  Very few programs will open from the desktop.  I uninstalled IE9 and IE8 installed automatically and I still get that box.  When I click START and type in Internet Explorer, I get the same "Do you want to open or save this file."  I have been attempting to get this problem fixed for free but I now next week the Geek Squad will come in and fix it for me.  When I click START and type in Download Manage that "Do you want to open or save this file" box appears.  I have over a thousand feeds in my windows live mail 2011 file that I cannot open.  I cannot open windows live mail at all but luckily I can open Comcast and my mail comes through Smart Zone but my feeds are hung up in my computer.   As I said, this all started when I downloaded IE9 and when this repair is done by the Geek Squad I will definitely not use IE9 because that is when all of the trouble started.   Thanks again for your help.
    Dottie Sinkler
    Wednesday, July 27, 2011 4:58 PM
  • Mr Langdon, It is possible that your default is in docx. Verify the default file extension first. Recently a similar problem that had all my new Word Docs in DOCX was resolved by changing the default file extension from Word Document (*.docx)    to  Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc ) . Now they open. Trish2040
    Saturday, July 30, 2011 5:33 PM
  • irritating View downlaod  damm why cant disable ??? poping up every few mintues
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 6:54 AM

    Microsoft's control freak abuse is grounds for a lawsuite. Since Downloading is not the same function as browsing MS has tried (once again) make all windows users RATS IN A RUT. It is choice that has made Windows win over Apples OS' and now MS is trying to put many of the download manager software companies out of business just as Apple has managed to keep the whole ball of yarn. Apple is slowly opening up a bit with Leopard & lion while MS is squeezing everyone into the MS box, not the X-box but the Restricted my way or the highway mentality.

    Come on Microsoft, get real! everyone has their own way of working and you should not try to make us all MS Robots.  I have been selling MS products since you made a nice litte add-in CPM card for apple one boxes.  Please don't go down the OS2 road once more, choices work dictitorial operating systems and browsers do not make happy clients.  learn from the past.  put a checkbox in IE9 to enable the Download Manager.  don't just stick it up our browsers.

    Don't get me wrong, I love MS and being an old tech I feel like a parent trying to guide their child.



    Sunday, October 02, 2011 8:35 PM
  • Niki-

    That wasn't the qustion - or the answer.

    Here's the situation: I do NOT want to use Download Manager; I can manage my own downloads,thank you very much! It filters downloads, suce as an executable or some scripts which provide access to documents I wish to read or catalog. I have a folder dreated on my boot drive and in \\Users for downloads. I also move the off to an archive drive soon as i have run or implemented the file.

    But no- I can manage this just fine and its one of Explorers WORST enhancements in history.

    So, how do with disable this THING.



    Wednesday, October 05, 2011 8:23 PM
  • I have my own 'set of extentions' which no program has yet to filter or obstruct. I use numbers and a date code - 1 alpha and 2 numericals. I build folders for even type. For instance, a .DOC file compiled today wouldbe saved to something               like C:\Word011\finished_lumber\lumbr2X4.O51

    Doc files are always by my initals or the type of doc. When I need it, I rename it, and move on. Is it a PITA- yeah, but Microsoft and others have dumbed down so much that even intermdiate users are beginning to drink heavily.

    Wednesday, October 05, 2011 8:33 PM
  • Well Poz, I've worked for almost 20 years now in IT from Fortune 500 to Mama's Fish 'n Chips. I see you've been around the block once or twice too.

    I've never seen any use for a download manager- NONE, and I've never seen one worth a damn. You mean we're working with a population so stupid they can't click a file, open Explorer and drop bloody file in folder named Downloads ?

    Some bollocks came up with this Download Manager rot on a Monday after a tough night out and about. As for Mac - OPEN THE APIs !




    Wednesday, October 05, 2011 8:40 PM
  • I agree COMPLETELY! I have been in the computer business since it started (mid '60's) and Microsoft gets dumber & dumber trying to out think the customer and force their ways onto the user - VERY user unfriendly. I think the Download manager is a stupid thing as well, and only makes it harder for you to take control of your own PC (after all, it IS My Personal Computer) and put it in  he hands of MS. I also am searching for a solution to turn off that stupid Download manager!!!!!!!!!!!! IE 9 works fine on Vista, but this Download manager issue seems to be a problem only on Windows 7. In addition, I cannot install the official IE for Windows 7 64-bit versionin addition to the 32-bit version that comes with Windows 7 because it says I already have a newer version! How stupid of MS!!!

    First, how can the latest IE 9 64-bit  version from the official MS website for IE 9 be older???

    Secondly, so WHAT if I have a newer one already installed! It is MY Personal Computer!!!!!

    Thirdly, I have both of these running on my Vista 64-bit system with NO problems!!!!!!!!!!

    Fourthly, it looks like the Vista developers do not talk to the Windows ones and have taken several stape backwards with IE for Windoes 7!

    Friday, March 30, 2012 5:49 AM
  • Did anyone ever find a way, maybe a registry edit, to turn this stupid tool off?

    I dont even have time to list all theproblems it causes.  I was about to try IE10 when it occured to me that...

    MAYBE  it is WORSE there.

    • Edited by Questorfla Sunday, March 03, 2013 9:40 PM
    Sunday, March 03, 2013 9:40 PM
  • I have not worked on a solution for the yellow box as of yet.

    However, if e-mail attachments will not show or open for you, try this solution?

    Open an e-mail that has an attachment (paperclip showing but will not open)

    My problem existed for 4 days in yahoo.


    > Tools

    >Compatibility View Settings (window will open with your e-mail website highlited in prameter line)

    >Select 'Add' to right and it will transfer the website into list of website in box below)


    Voila! Your e-mails having attachments should now open with the attachment accessible.

    I'll let you all know when I fix the Yellow 'safety' prompt box that appears upon opening.

    *Please let me know if this has helped you?

    Bearsark @ your service. 8^)

    Wednesday, May 01, 2013 10:18 AM
  • what does emails  have to do with this ?

    incase you are having problems with your vision here it is again:


    Saturday, May 30, 2015 7:52 PM