Sorting downloads can be a very good way to control where files will be stored on a computer system.
The default option in Firefox is to save them to the standard download folder which contains all downloads no matter the size or file extension.
The Save As right-click option provides an option to save the files in a different location but this requires lots of folder juggling to pick the right folder all the time.
Download Sort addresses the Save As problem. It can be configured to store information about file extensions and their download directory on the local computer.
You can use it to select custom save locations on the computer for specified file types. You could configure it to save zip files to a specific folder and mp3 music files to a folder in your music archive.
It is necessary to configure the Firefox add-on before it is of any use. You need to keep in mind that the custom save locations are only selected if you invoke the download via the Save As right-click context menu that the extension adds
Downloads start directly after you select the option on the other hand which means that it is often faster than the regular save file dialog in Firefox.
Download Sort comes with some interesting options that may make it worthwhile for some users.
Besides selecting folders for specific file extensions, it can also add subfolders automatically.
Subfolders can be created by domain, date, extension or hierarchy. Other options include how you want identical files handled.
While it works great for file extensions, it supports keywords as well. A file matching a certain keyword would be downloaded according to custom specifications that you have made in the extension options.
This can be useful if you download specifically named files all the time in Firefox and want them to be saved to a specific location on the local hard drive. The add-on can be a time saver for users who download files regularly in Firefox and want to automate part of the file sorting on the local hard drive without having to select locations for files manually every time.
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