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Stop Downloads Opening Automatically – Google Chrome

I bought an all singing all dancing gaming computer recently, SSD OS drive, uber quick gaming graphics card – the works. The built it up with Windows 8.1 Pro and my choice of internet browser which is Google Chrome. Everyone has there own way of building their PCs so I was downloading files left right and center.

As I was downloading withing google chrome I downloaded and EXE file that installs a skin for a game I play, I miss clicked “open this type of file each time I download” and set it to always open – thought ill disable that later.

Few hours later I had pop ups galore as every time I downloaded something it automatically opened and installed whatever rubbish was packaged with the installable. Time to disable Google Chrome from opening downloads automatically.

To to this select the menu button in Chrome > Settings.

stop google chrome opening downloads

Then scroll to the very bottom of the screen and select Advanced Settings. You will then see as in the image below an option to clear auto-opening settings, click this button.

stop google chrome opening downloads automatically

Now no downloads will open once they have completed in Google Chrome.

Tags: Chrome, Google

Allen White

Allen is a Consultant for ITPS in the North East of England and holds the following accreditations. MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, CCA, CCSP, VCP 4,5 and HP ASE, AIS - Network Infrastructure.

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    rebecca smith

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    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, thank you so much! I have been searching and searching and finding only the most ridiculous barely related articles mostly about iphones and iphotos and THIS – the first article that actually matched up to my google search question – was EXACTLY the answer I was looking for. Looks like I accidentally chose to automatically open ‘certain files’ and that ‘clear auto-opening settings’ button was right there, just like that !!! FIXED – AFTER WEEKS OF HAVING TO CLOSE my image viewer after every single download! And I download SO many images LOL Techieshelp has my vote !!

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    JGENG

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    I have the latest update but there is no such option “clear automatic opening setting”
    Mine just shows location to download. can either check or uncheck.
    tried unchecking to see if option shows up but it doesn’t. have windows 10

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