Managing download jobs

FlashGet can start a download using any of the methods described below.

How to Add a download to FlashGet Queue

Monitor browser clicks
FlashGet monitors browser clicks. When you click on a URL, FlashGet monitors to see whether its extension matches the ones you have set in the Tools menu, Options... , Monitor , Monitor type box. If so, the URL will be added to the job list in the main FlashGet window. For greater control, you can set FlashGet to monitor browser clicks only when the ALT key is held down by simply selecting the Use ALT key checkbox.

Some web sites do things differently which can make FlashGet's monitoring either not start a file that it should, or incorrectly take over for a file that it should not.   

If you hold both the
CTRL and ALT keys down when clicking, FlashGet will get any link that is clicked. This is useful to download an image or some other type of file that is not usually handled by FlashGet.

Temporarily disabling all monitoring:
?You may temporarily disable monitoring (Netscape/Microsoft web browsers) by using the "
Disable Browser Monitoring" menu item from Right clicking on the FlashGet logo in your tray icons or DropZone. If there is a uncheck by this menu, then your monitoring as setup here is enabled. If there is check, then FlashGet will not monitor any of these. You will not need to restart your web browser for this change to take effect.

Extended IE context menu(This feauter only support by IE)

menuext.gif (2836 bytes) FlashGet adds two options to Internet Explorer's right-click context menu. They are:
Download All By FlashGet
Selecting this will download all the links within the page. This allows really simple one-click downloads of the files on a page. A box will pop up entitled Select URL which will give you the option to exclude any links you don't want downloaded.
Download Using FlashGet
Selecting this will download only the single link you right-clicked on.

Monitor clipboard

Tells FlashGet to monitor for URLs that you click on or copy to the clipboard. When copying a valid URL to clipboard, the URL will be added to the job list, ready for download.

Drag & Drop
Drag any URL from the browser window to Drop zone or the main window. FlashGet supports dragging and dropping multiple links from IE.

Manually enter URL
Click on Jobs menu and then select New Download...

Job Properties

Right-clicking on a non-active download in the main FlashGet window and selecting Properties will bring up the properties for that download. Alternatively, you can simply press the Properties button on the FlashGet toolbar to access the file's Properties dialog. The options are explained below.

The file's full URL.

Find alternate URLs through mirror list file or FTP search

Unchecking this option disables the mirror list and FTP search.
This option will be greyed out if Enable Mirrors is unchecked in Tools , Options... , Mirrors.

Some servers require a referrer in order to start a download. Leave it empty and FlashGet will enter the right URL for you.

This tells you the category of the download. When a file is finished downloading, it will be automatically moved to the chosen category. The default category is Downloaded. See Manage files for futher details.

Save to

Store the actual file to a specified folder (directory). It's not recommended you use this option.

Allows you to save the file to a different name than that is shown in the URL.

Http and FTP proxy

FlashGet has a proxy list feature. Here you can select a proxy that you've configured for use in FlashGet. (Tools, Options... , Proxy)

Split file
Split files into 1-10 parts. The file splits can increase downloading speeds significantly. In most cases, 3-5 splits is enough. Increasing the number of splits won't necessarily make the download any faster because your particular bandwidth, or the server's bandwidth, will have likely been maxed out. On extremely slow servers, more splits can be of benefit, though.

FlashGet also supports scheduling downloads to start downloading at a non-peak time or cheap rate period. This can save you both time and money. A mirrors feature is also implemented to help get your files off alternative (less busy or closer) mirror servers.

Login to server

Some servers require users to be identified with a login and password. Fill the pertinent details in here.
Your username login
Password Your password

Decide how you want the download to start.
Manually will add the URL to the download list, but will not start downloading immediately. You decide when by pressing the Start button on the FlashGet toolbar.
Immediately will start downloading immediately.
Schedule lets you assign the download to start at a scheduled time that's convenient for you.

Tip: You can switch between the three options of Manually, Immediately and Schedule whenever you like.

Save as default

Saves the current job's Properties as the defualt for all downloads. Jobs added later will use the same properties you've saved here.

Tip: The default download properties can be changed at any time by going to the Tools menu, then clicking on Default Download Properties...

This field is filled in to remind yourself the details of your download. A useful reminder so you don't forget what you downloaded.

Any deleted jobs will be stored in the Deleted folder. To totally get rid of the job, delete it again from the Deleted folder. The deleted folder acts much like the Windows Recycle Bin.

Download subdirectories from FTP
Makes FlashGet also download subdirectories from remote FTP server if the mask is used in the URL or when a filename is ommited.

Create subdirectories locally
Makes FlashGet to fully mirror the remote FTP server by recreating locally the remote server folder structure when downloading files from remote server

Create Category locally
Create category for each subdirectoires when downloading files from FTP server.

Tip: You can delete the job immediately without it going to the Deleted folder by holding down the Shift key and clicking on Delete.


What is FlashGet?
FlashGet features

Installing FlashGet.
Updating FlashGet.
Uninstalling FlashGet

Quick Start
Getting started with FlashGet in a hurry.

Managing download jobs
Getting info on the properties of your downloads, and learning about the different ways to get FlashGet to do its stuff.

What's the meaning behind those funny icons?

The FlashGet menu items explained.

Managing files
Getting those files organized.

Interface settings
Doing things your way. Changing this and that for a better FlashGet experience.

Tools > Options. All those tabs explained! This is the heart of FlashGet.

Site Explorer
Browse Ftp&Http Site.

Frequently-Asked Questions.

Credit where credit is due.