Sunday, January 02, 2000

Is it possible to download a large set of files without clicking on them one by one?

Sunday, January 02, 2000

Yes - this can be done in a variety of different ways providing that all the files are stored in the same location. Hover your mouse over the first file in the set, press the right mouse button and select 'copy shortcut'. Next paste this address into your FTP client, or your download manager's FTP browser and delete the file name. Now if you press the 'connect' button you will be presented with a list of all the files stored in the same directory as the first file in the set. All you have to do now is highlight all the files you wish to download and select the 'download' or 'add' button.

Note that not all servers will let you access these directory listings. Some will present you with a 'forbidden' (403) message and others will just time out before retrieving the list. If this happens you might want to try using a download manager which allows you to download every linked file on an HTML page with a few simple mouse clicks. Reget and Flashget are two such download managers that support this tremendous time saving feature. Refer to the "tools of the trade" tutorial to find out exactly how to go about doing this - you may find it helpful to search for the phrase "download all by Flashget".

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