Ever click a link in Safari, hoping to download a PDF, and instead of downloading, the thing opens up in the browser (or worse, in Acrobat)? That’s a drag. Try it fifty times and fifty times it’s the same– you don’t actually download the PDF, you just see it in the browser.
But, if you hold the Option key when you click the link, you will download a copy to your Mac for later use.
Here’s an example. Suppose you’re looking for tax forms on the IRS website.
You find the form you want, and now you want to get a copy and save it to your hard disk. Without the Option key, when you click the Form 1040 link it opens in your browser. You see the form, but you don’t have the form. Here’s what it looks like in your browser:
Nice to look at, but it’s not “yours.” So it’s hard (or impossible) to type anything in the form.
Try it again, but this time hold the Option key when you click the link. Presto! The file is downloaded to your Downloads folder, or to your Desktop, or wherever it is your downloads go. (Go to Safari/Preferences…/General to determine, or to set, where downloaded files go.) Now it’s just another PDF, something you can double-click and open and fill in and save. Like this:
Try double-clicking on the downloaded 1040 form and typing. It works! And since it’s “your” copy of the 1040, you can save it for later, just like I did. Nice.
And that’s seven.Read 'em all:
Mac Option Key tip #1: the WiFi Menu
Mac Option Key tip #2: the Battery Status Menu
Mac Option Key tip #3: Close All Finder Windows
Mac Option Key tip #4: Reveal a Contact's Groups
Mac Option Key tip #5: Rotate the Other Way
Mac Option Key tip #6: Option-Drag
Mac Option Key tip #7: Option-Click
Mac Option Key tip #8: Option-Empty Trash
Mac Option Key tip #9: Special Characters
Mac Option Key tip #10: One-click System Information
Mac Option Key tip #11: Delete a Messages conversation with one click
Mac Option Key tip #12: Open your Library folder
ONE MORE (on my One-Minute Macman site): How to temporarily turn off Notifications on a Mac quickly and easily