Downloading Multiple Files Automatically in Google Chrome

This tutorial is only intended for users running the Google Chrome browser on Chrome OS, LinuxMac OS X, or Windows operating systems.

When you choose to download a file from a website through Google's Chrome browser, that file is then either saved to a user-defined location or opened with its associated application. However, some websites may attempt to download multiple files for one reason or another.

In the majority of cases, the intent of this action is honest and purposeful. However, some malicious sites may look to exploit this feature with nefarious motives in mind. Because of this, Chrome allows you to configure its settings regarding multiple downloads. This tutorial steps you through the process.

For more information regarding single file downloads in Chrome, visit the following tutorial: How to Change the File Download Location in Google Chrome.

First, open your Chrome browser. Click on the main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select the Settings option.

Please note that you can also access Chrome's settings interface by entering the following text in the browser's Omnibox, also known as the address barchrome://settings

Chrome's Settings should now be displayed in a new tab.

Scroll down, if necessary, to the bottom of the screen. Next, click on the Show advanced settings link. Your browser's Privacy settings should now be visible. Select the Content settings...button, found directly below the section header. Chrome's Content settings pop-up window should now be displayed.

Scroll down until you locate the Automatic Downloads section, containing the following three options; each accompanied by a radio button.

Allow all sites to download multiple files automatically: I do not recommend enabling this option, as it allows sites to piggyback on your initial decision to retrieve one file and somewhat silently download several more to your hard drive. These files have the potential to contain malware and eventually lead to all types of headaches.

Ask when a site tries to download files automatically after the first file (recommended): The recommended setting, enabled by default, this option will prompt you each time a website attempts to automatically download multiple files following the first one.

Do not allow any site to download multiple files automatically: The most restrictive of the three, this setting causes Chrome to block all automatic subsequent file downloads following the first one which you initiate. To allow certain websites to automatically download multiple files, add them to the related whitelist by clicking on the Manage exceptions... button.

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