Context Menu Image Saver, Speeds Up Image Downloading

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 27, 2011
Updated • Mar 15, 2018
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

The Firefox add-on Context Menu Image Saver adds options to Firefox to use multiple download directories for images when using the web browser.

The common way of saving images hosted on web pages in the Firefox Internet browser is to right-click each individual image, select Save Image As from the context menu and browse to a location in the opening file browser.

Update: Context Menu Image Saver and the other extensions listed below are no longer compatible with Firefox 57. You may want to check out Save In which is compatible with Firefox 57 and newer. End

There are extensions available to save multiple images at once. Capable extensions include Image Picker, Image Download II or Image Saver to improve the process.

Context Menu Image Saver

The Firefox add-on Context Menu Image Saver is different, as it speeds up the downloading of individual images instead of all images on a web page. It does so by adding locations to the Firefox right-click context menu to download files to these locations directly.

A selection of any location listed there saves the image directly; in other words, the save file dialog is not displayed and you don't have to browse to folders manually each time you want to save them in another folder.

The configured download locations appear at the top of the context menu, which makes it an extremely comfortable option to save images quickly to the desired location.

The extension comes without preset download directories. You need to set up at least one download location in the extension's options to make use of it.

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This is a very straightforward process.

  1. Open the Firefox add-ons manager first by entering about:addons in the address bar, or via the Tools > Add-Ons menu.
  2. Locate Context Menu Image Saver in the add-ons listing and select Options.

A click on New opens the dialog to add a new download location for images. You have to specify a download folder on the local system and a name for it that is then shown in the context menu.

The prefix is added to the image file name on the local system. You can add multiple download locations, which is handy if you regularly save different kinds of images to different folders. You may furthermore edit or delete download locations, or add a separator which then becomes visible in the context menu as well.

Once you have added at least one download location you can utilize it with a right-click. Context Menu Image Saver remembers the last download directory. You can speed up the saving of additional images further by holding down the Ctrl key before pressing the right mouse button. This saves the image directly without displaying the right click context menu first.

Closing Words

Context Menu Image Saver is helpful for users who download images regularly and selectively. It is compatible with all versions of Firefox from Firefox 3 on. Firefox Aurora and Nightly users need to force compatibility, for instance with the Add-on Compatibility Reporter extension.

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  1. Helen said on July 14, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Looks like it doesn’t support UTF-8.

  2. Transcontinental said on April 28, 2011 at 10:17 am

    An alternative is ‘Save File To’ ( ) which handles per-format downloads, not only images.

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