Chrome Save Image As Problem

If you’ve been using Google Chrome recently, and for Windows users I don’t see a reason why you shouldn’t minimally at least, you may have noticed the problem when you try to save an image with a different than current image name. Problem is, if you rename the image to say “Mars” and click save, it will get saved as the image name, concatenated to the file extension without the dot separator, e.g. “Marsjpg”, which ofcourse would forbid you from automatic Image opening with default Image Browser.

Now this is a known bug that’s been reported since Sept 4th, and it’s still marked as Uncofirmed. I’m not sure why such a simple obvious bug is taking so long. Perhaps Google was depending too much on open source developers help, not sure. But 1 month is long enough to confirm an obvious issue. Those delays would make people lose faith in Chrome, and stop taking time reporting future problems.

Since the bug seems to take long to fix, the quick and simple work around for you and me is to write the full image name with extension, “Mars.jpg”

I can just imagine the developer working late at night to finish the Save Image As feature, and he goes something like return file_name && file_extension, forgetting the dot separator. Perhaps a refreshing Pepsi would do. Works for me :).

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  • maryam

    first let me say, I love how images are saved and displayed in the bottom of Chrome. How they slide and I get to open the folder :) nice

    another thing when “saving as” if I accept the default naming, it will include the dot, once I try to “save images as” and type in the name I want then no dot appears! and the problem you mentioned happens!

    But I really don’t mind the work around you mentioned until they get this problem fixed

  • Bashar

    maryam: I agree on your first point. The work around is not so much trouble really, but I wonder why it takes them long time to fix, or at least confirm it.

  • nemo

    i havnt used chrome yet .. waiting for a better release :p
    the first version will always contain such bugs, its normal

  • SK

    It’s extremely relieving to find out that this is a known bug. Paranoid as I am, I re-installed Chrome twice over.

    Thanks a lot!

  • SK

    I just have a small query: Does the default file name include the extension for anybody?


  • Bashar

    nemo: Yeah, but I still advise you to see what the buzz is all about. This is one Beta software that is default browser for many.

    SK: Welcome. For me, if I don’t change image file name, it saves with proper extension and dot separator. Doesn’t it for you?

  • SK

    It saves alright for me if I don’t change the file name. But what I mean is, when you’re saving an image called, say, “picture”, then by default in the Save As field, does it show up as “picture.jpg” or just “picture”?

    It shows just “picture” for me, without the .jpg extension but it still saves as a JPEG file and it opens correctly as long as I don’t change the name.

  • nemo

    yes i installed it akeed when it was released and used it for like 2 days but there are still many things that they need to look at :)

  • Bashar

    SK: Sorry I misunderstood you. Yes, it shows for me as “Picture” as well, but since extension is set to jpg, it sets it by default if you don’t change the name.

    nemo: I would like to see what you have in mind. Perhaps a post about it would be of interest :)

  • SK


    (I hope that’s right; I’m from India.)

  • Bashar

    SK: Couldn’t be said better :)

  • Amanda :(

    grrr- this sucks

  • Bashar

    Amanda: Gotta live with it :(


    it didnt happen before to me, but now since ive formatted my computer, and reinstalled everything, this bug is bothering me :@
    what a pain in the arse !

  • Bashar

    PanjabiPaki: I think u had older version of Chrome then? Otherwise how come?

  • Muddauber

    I have the same problem but it now messes up Chrome and Firefox SAVE IMAGE AS.

    I get as a CHROME.HTML

    and to save a file I get the options of HTML only or web page.If I guess and save image file as a .jpg and it is a jpg, I can save it. The save images works with IE, but not with Firefox. It continues to work with Chrome. I ran a registry cleaner on my system and it didn’t help. I also went in and changed image file associations to be matched with Firefox and still no go.

    I’m going to try a clean reinstall of Firefox and hope that works.

  • Bashar

    Muddauber: Firefox also? Haven’t heard such complain before. Perhaps clean re-install would help, not a bad idea.

  • muddaube

    Yes, that did it. I went ahead and uninstalled and reinstalled Firefox and it did the trick. I am using a lot of plugins with Firefox, so it may be a result of that kind of integration.
    It happened after I made Chrome my default browser.

    There are still some things in Firefox that I can not live without. i.e – web developer, timestamp, delicious bookmarks, etc.

  • muddauber

    It is interesting to note that the Agent String is :

    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/0.X.Y.Z Safari/525.13.

    So it is considered a “Mozilla” browser

  • Bashar

    muddaube: I totally agree about the Plugins, like Web Developer. I have Chrome installed however I don’t get your Save As problem with Firefox. And yes, the Agent is

    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.19 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/ Safari/525.19

    I guess it’s kinda easy to guess looking at functionality of it.

    Thanks for the tip and tests :)

  • Renato

    Dear Bashar, since I change my PC and install Google Chrome I can’t download files or save images from Google Chrome, can you hepl me please?

    I try to uninstall Google Chrome and instal it again but the problem still there.



  • Bashar

    Renato: Sorry for the delay. Somehow your comment got marked as spam. My bad.

    I haven’t really encountered such a problem before, and unfortunately, my PC is dead for some time and I’m only using Mac now, so I can’t try and test it. There are some similar mentions on the web, non I found with appropriate solution. But here are few tips that might help:

    1- Just to mke sure, Google Chrome tends to download files automatically by default to Downloads folder under My Documents. So make sure files aren’t already downloaded there.

    2- Do you have a download management software? This might be causing some conflict or taking over.

    3- Do you have permissions to write to your desk?

    Hope one of these help. Let me know how it goes.

  • Renato

    Dear Bashar:

    1- I check the folder and there is not the files

    2- I do not have a download management software

    3- Do you have permissions to write to your desk? yes I have

    When I rigth click on image to save it nothing happens, when I try to download an attachment from my Gmail account nothing happens.

    I think there is a problem with my OS taht is Windows XP.

  • Bashar

    Renato: That’s weird. But I’m very sorry I’m dying to use Chrome but I don’t have an XP to test now :(. I’m fresh out of tips I’m afraid.

  • Renato

    Thanks Bashar for helping me, the problem is very weird, I can download images and files from Mozilafirefox and IE but not with Chrome.

    Thanks again.