I find that I am accessing many pdf files which are downloaded for reading into Firefox. But when I go to save these files using "save page as", Firefox repeats the data download. As the files can be big, this is tiresome.

Is there a way to avoid this duplication of file data download?


If you're using pdf.js (the default, built in Firefox plugin used to show PDFs), there's a button to download the PDF within the PDF viewer. This doesn't re-download content.

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Test with this file (1.1MB).

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    @Tim Appreciate the help, but linking to random PDFs on the Internet looks a bit weird, especially one from a not-so-well-known domain. (I usually pick Intel spec sheets or Cisco manuals when I have to link to random PDFs, so that well-known domains are used.) – muru Aug 13 '14 at 19:40
  • Fair enough, have changed it :) That was just a large one I found. – Tim Aug 13 '14 at 19:46
  • Thanks. I had seen this in the response to another question, but when I tried it the download button in the firefox window went blue, indicating download? – Joe Aug 14 '14 at 7:36
  • @Joe Odd. It always goes straight to green (or blue, depending on the theme, but no re-downloading) for me. What version of Firefox are you using? – muru Aug 14 '14 at 7:44
  • @muru - firefox 31. I checked the data download when saving from pdf viewer, and yes no data transfer. So the blue must just indicate processing complete. Problem solved. – Joe Aug 14 '14 at 9:13

You could press Ctrl+P and chose print to file.

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  • If its a pdf already, its probably just simpler to save it... by the way how did you do the screenshots (as in the red boxes)? Editing theme in gimp is a bit of pain, even using the select line thing – Wilf Aug 13 '14 at 20:29
  • That's okay :) I find it v useful here. Now I'll delete my comments. – Tim Aug 13 '14 at 21:01

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