How to prevent IDM automatically downloading

Internet Download Manager is undoubtedly the most popular download manager. IDM has ability to boost your download speed up to 70%. It also lets you download certain videos from popular sites like YouTube, Vimeo,etc,.

The problem occurs when IDM starts automatically grabbing the file and prompting you to download it, when you don’t want to. i.e, you’re playing a video on Facebook and instead of letting the Facebook player stream the video, your IDM grabs it and asks you to download it. Or you clicked on a link of PDF file, and you want to view it directly in the browser before downloading, but again thanks to IDM you end up downloading it. It’s annoying right?

So, we have come up with this little tutorial to configure IDM so that it doesn’t download certain files automatically.

[vc_message message_box_color=”violet” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa]Method 1: Removing a file type[/vc_message]

Step 1:

Double-click on the IDM icon in the taskbar.

How to prevent IDM automatically downloading step 1


Step 2:

Click on Downloads from the file menu and go to Options.

How to prevent IDM automatically downloading step 2


Step 3:

In the configurations dialog, select the File types tab, you’ll see all the file types on which IDM starts downloading automatically.
Here you can erase any file type so that IDM doesn’t starts downloading that type of file automatically.

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Step 4:

Erase your desired File type from the list.
I’m removing PDF file type so that i can view them directly into my Google Chrome browser before downloading it. You can erase any other file type.
You can also revert your changes by clicking the Default button under the File types box.

You’re done! This was the permanent solution for a File type.

[vc_message message_box_color=”violet” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa]Method 2: Using a Key[/vc_message]

Another method to do this is to press the ALT key before clicking the download link. the ALT key will prevent the IDM from catching the download link, so the link will be sent to the browser, if your browser supports that file type it will open it or if it doesn’t, it will just get downloaded by your default browser downloader.

ALT key is already set by default, but if it’s not working for you or you need to change this settings then follow the steps below:


Step 1:

Repeat step 1 & 2 from method 1.


Step 2:

In General tab, click on the Keys.. button.

How to prevent IDM automatically downloading step 4


Step 3:

Make sure the ALT key is selected, and then press OK.

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Thanks for reading 🙂 comment below if you have any questions.