How to Enable/Disable Multiple File Downloads in Chrome?

By default, Google asks for confirmation when a site tries automatically to download files in succession. However, if you want to block all attempts regardless of the site, or maybe you would rather blacklist a specific website, here’s how.

Sometimes when you download a file in a browser, the website will try to download another file immediately after the first finishes. While there are legitimate circumstances like a file conversion site there are sites who used it maliciously to force virus or harmful scripts to download without your knowledge or permission. However, for security reasons, Google Chrome now prompts you when a website tries to download multiple files.

How to Disable Automatic Downloads

Fire up Chrome, click the menu icon, and then click “Settings.” Alternatively, you can type chrome://settings/ into the Omnibox to go directly there.

Click the menu button, and then click Settings

Once in the Settings tab, scroll down to the bottom and click “Advanced.”

Under Settings, click Advanced at the bottom of the page.

Scroll down to the Privacy and Security section and click on “Site Settings.”

Click on Site Settings

Scroll down the list of settings until you see the “Automatic Downloads” option. Click on it.

Click Automatic Downloads

By default, the feature is set to ask permission when a site tries to download files in succession. This is the recommended behavior, but if you want to block all sites from downloading multiple files automatically, toggle the switch to the Off position.

Toggle the switch to the Off position

That’s it. No longer will you receive a prompt when a site tries to download multiple files one after the other.

How to Enable Automatic File Downloads but Block Specific Sites

Globally disabling automatic successive file isn’t recommended, as it will block every attempt regardless of where it comes from, even legitimate ones that you might expect to download automatically. However, if you want to keep this feature enabled and block specific websites that you trust to download multiple files, you can blacklist a site instead.

Head back to Settings > Site Settings > Automatic Downloads, or type  chrome://settings/content/automaticDownloads into the Omnibox and hit Enter. Toggle the switch to the On position.

To re-enable, toggle the switch to the On position

Now, click on the “Add” button next to the Block heading.

To add a specific website to blacklist it, click Add, next to the Block heading

Type in the URL of the website that you want to blacklist from automatically downloading successive files, then click “Add.”

Enter the URL of the website you want to block, then click Add

When you provide the web address if you want to block the whole site use the [*.] prefix to catch all subdomains from the website as in the example above.

That’s all there is to it. Repeat this process for as many websites that attempt to download multiple files. Whenever this website tries to download multiple files, Chrome automatically blocks its attempt and doesn’t bother you with a prompt.

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