How to Download a Flash Movie


Because most Flash movies don't allow you to right-click and "Save As," Flash movie fans have to find another way to save their favorite Flash movies to their computers. Follow these steps to save a Flash movie to your computer and keep it.

  • Check your browser's official site for specially designed Flash-movie downloading plugins or add-ons. If you find one, download, install it and follow the instructions. If you use Internet Explorer, skip to Step 2.

  • Open a single Internet Explorer window.

  • Access Internet Explorer's "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options." Locate "Browsing History," click "Settings" and "View Files."

  • Sort the temporary files by address. You may either select "Internet Address" in the window or right-click, select "Arrange Icons By" and "Internet Address."

  • Identify the Internet address where Flash movie is located. Scroll down the length of the list just to make sure you haven't missed it. Some addresses may include a prefix on the URL and that moves addresses to the top or bottom of the list.

  • Find the file with a ".SWF" extension. This is your Flash movie.

  • Highlight the address with your cursor. Right-click over the address and select "Copy." Move your cursor to a folder or area on your computer where you wan to save the file. Right-click and select "Paste" to enjoy your new Flash movie on your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • View a website's source code to find the name of a specific Flash movie on a website with many Flash movies on it.
  • Some Flash movies may not play on your computer. Try opening a single Internet Explorer window and the folder that contains your Flash movie file, then drag the file over to the Internet Explorer window for it to play.

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