Internet Explorer download Window disappeared?, Part 2

Dennis Faas's picture

Last week, Dee N. had a question concerning the Internet Explorer download-dialogue box:

" On the download Window, there is an option for 'Always ask before opening this type of file'. Well, I accidentally Unchecked this option -- and now, all my .ZIP files open automatically after each download completes! How can I turn this option back on? "

My Response:

I didn't know the answer to this question, so I asked Infopackets Readers for help.

Mike K. [and about 40 other readers] informed me that the 'Always ask before opening ... ' option for .ZIP files can be resolved through modifying the entry in the File Types association Window:

  1. Go to an Explorer window (IE: double left-click My Computer)
  2. Select Tools -> Folder Options, or View -> Folder Options [Win98]
  3. Select File Types
  4. Scroll down and select (left-click once) the offending entry
  5. Click Advanced
  6. Ensure that 'Confirm Open after Download' is selected
  7. Click OK

Side Note: This method can be applied for any file type (not just .ZIPs).

Dan M. and a few others also sent me a link to a Microsoft Knowledge Base Article #177976 (Not Prompted to Specify Download Folder for File), which reiterate the steps outlined above:;EN-US;177976

Thanks to all who wrote in!

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