Multi Links is one of our favorite Firefox extensions of all time. It allows Firefox users to open multiple links, images or other elements on a website by drawing a rectangle around them.
Chrome’s Download Selection is a similar extension. It offers a better selection process, giving up some of the one click comfort of Multi Links in the process.
Instead of drawing a rectangle around the items it turns the web page into a darker tone which indicates selection modus. Here the Chrome users can draw rectangles across elements to open them all at once.
The main difference is that it is possible to draw multiple rectangles on screen, The extension will automatically highlight the items that have been selected so far.
Pressing Enter on the computer keyboard will open all selected items in new browser tabs. Very helpful to display all images that are shown on a screen, download multiple files at once or open several links in new tabs after they have been selected.
Holding down the ALT key while selecting items removes them from the list of elements that are opened when the Enter key is pressed. This is useful if elements have been highlighted by error or if some items in between should not be opened.
Download Selection works with links and media elements. It sometimes has problems recognizing items on the page and does not seem to work on https websites or sites that use frames.
Chrome users can download the latest version of the extension directly from the Google Chrome Extension repository. Those who prefer something similar to Multi Links instead can take a closer look at Linky.
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