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Thursday, August 10th, 2006

This tutorial will guide you to download files using a download manager called “Free Download Manager (FDM)”

Why using FDM (or any other download manager)? Because it allows you to resume downloads if you get disconnected and much more features including a faster download.

As the name says FDM is a totally free download manager. No ads, nag screen or limitation.

You can download Free Download Manager (FDM) from www.freedownloadmanager.org

Lets download and install it first!

Go to www.freedownloadmanager.org

Click on the “Download” link.
Free Download Manager Home Page

Download and install it.
FDM Download Page
How to install? Save it to a location and run the downloaded installer. Follow instructions.

Now when we have it installed, lets go downloding a file.

Lets run the program first if its not already running. Click on the “Free Download Manager” icon on the desktop
FDM icon on desktop

Now we are ready to download. There can be basically tho scenarios. In first place where you get the “save target as..” option (ex. web pages). And in the other, where you dont get it! (ex. msn conversation)

First we deal with when we have the “save target as..” present.

Scenario 1: Downloading from webpages

Step 1:
Go to the page where we hae the file to download.
File Download Link

Step 2:
Right click on the link. Select “Download with Free Download Manger”
Download with FDM contex menu

We could have also clicked the “save target as..” instead.
Save target as

Step 3:
The “Add Download” dialogue box will appear. Click on the yellow folder icon to choose where you want to save the file.
FDM Add Download dialogue box

Browse to the folder where you want to save the file and click “OK”. You can choose “desktop” as location.
FDM - Browse for folder

Soon the download will start. We will get the file in the desired location when done.
Downloaded File

Now lets deal with when we dont have the “save target as…” option

Scenario 2: Downloading from msn, yahoo, irc etc.

Say your friend gave you a file link over msn messenger.

Step 1:
Select and copy the link from msn. (right click and select “copy”)
Copy msn link

Step 2:
Open Free Download Manager. (Double click the “Free Download Manager” icon on your desktop)
FDM icon on desktop

Step 3:
Click on the “Add” button.
FDM Add Button

Step 4:
The “Add Download” dialogue box appear. Paste the link in the “URL Box”.
Paste URL

Click on the yellow folder icon to choose where you want to save the file.
FDM Add Download dialogue box

Browse to the folder where you want to save the file and click “OK”. You can choose “desktop” as location.
FDM - Browse for folder

Soon the download will start. We will get the file in the desired location when done.
Downloaded File

Free Download Manager allows you to check status of the files being downloaded.
FDM Status

You can start or stop any download using the control buttons.
FDM Control Buttons

happy downloading…. hehe :P


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