Internet Download Manager is the best available download manager in market today. By features it beats any download manager by unmeasurable margins. This being said there are a lot of small features that are not included in the key feature list neither they are much talked about. In this article we will be picking up such small features that will make your download experience much better.
Do you download a lot of files? If yes, then the hassle to add all the files to the manager and downloading them one by one is already known to you. IDM makes this task easy for you. All you have to do is tell it when to do so. Scheduler is the most important and useful feature that makes IDM a superior download manager that the rest.
Start and Stop Downloads at specific Time
To enter the scheduler Menu, click on Scheduler icon present on IDM toolbar. On the menu you will see two tabs. One is for creating the time rules for the download start and finish. The other one is to control the number of files to be downloaded simultaneously. You can create your own schedules and name them accordingly.
How to add Files to Scheduling Queue
a) When dialog box appears while adding the download, select Download Later and add directly to the queue.
b) Right click on the file from download list and select Move To followed by the name of queue.
IDM can automatically start downloads in a queue at specified time and days. Also, IDM can automatically disconnect the internet connection and shutdown your PC once the downloads in the queue are completed.
With IDM you can use the complete bandwidth of your internet connection to push the stability of download speed to the furthest extent. Yes, now you do not have to worry about other applications that leech the bandwidth and leave your downloads with poor speed. The latest version of IDM supports a maximum of 32 connections made to the same server to download a single file.
Configure number of Connections
This utilizes the available bandwidth very well and the benefit to people with shared network is huge.How to do? Go to Options >> Connection. Select the type of your connection and then select the desired number. Note Number of connections made depends totally on the download server. If the download server does not support multiple connections, only 1 connection will be made. Caution Selecting 32 connections may disrupt internet speed of other users in the same network. Also note that there might be performance issues on lower end systems as the number of connections are increased. Hence, if you encounter such things, just lower down the connections.
This is an issue that troubles all of us. So why not end it before it can even begin. Upon the completion of download, IDM can automatically initiate scan of the downloaded files with Antivirus Program installed on your System.
This is the safest way to handle external files from web and ensure that your system is protected from all threats.How to do?Go to Options-> Downloads then find the “Virus Checking” section. Now all you have to do is browse and select the .exe file of your antivirus application.
IDM can automatically connect to the internet using your Dial Up or VPN service. This setting is often skipped as the requirement of internet access is already fulfilled by Windows default functionality or an application interface provided by your ISP.
To add your Dial-Up settings go to Options -> Dial Up/VPN. Do remember to check on Save Password.
Note: If you have a direct internet connection then Dial Up is not applicable for you but still a VPN can be configured if already in use.
Changing the default Temporary Folder of IDM is a must if you have less space on C:\ Drive. Advanced download managers like IDM download files in many chunks and they are initially stored in the temp folder. Once the Download is complete, the chunks are combined together to form the original file at selected download location. Once that is done, the temporary chunks are deleted.
So, if you are trying to download a big file of say 15 GB in D drive which has ample of space but your C Drive has lesser, you will get an error message and download will not be possible. Same concept is also applicable for smaller but cumulative and simultaneously downloaded files.
How to do?Go to Options >> Save to and find Temporary Directory section at bottom, then select your desired location. Also you can change the default download location from this panel. Important Please note that you should not select location on different hard drives. It may result in slower compilation upon download completion. This might happen due to different hard drive transfer speeds.
If you have an urgent task like browsing the internet while IDM is downloading files for you, its bit natural to get slower browsing speed. If you do not want to stop the download completely, restricting the speed is the best choice at hand. This method can be used permanently on your downloads but the best usage scenario is for urgent tasks. To restrict the download speed of a certain file, open its Progress Window and select the option to restrict speed. You have the option to select a limiting speed as desired.
This option is not of much help these days to majority but it still is worth a mention. If you use premium file servers, you can use their credential in IDM and it can directly download files from the servers. There is no need for you to use the web browser for the same.
This feature is a great relief while bulk downloading from premium file servers.How to do?Go to Options >> Site Logins. Now you can add the site address and your credentials. That’s it. Note This feature can be used for multiple purposes. Any site that requires your login details for file download can be added here.
More than a setting it is a feature already present in IDM. All you need to do is copy a link that you want to download. This link can be present anywhere in Windows be it a browser or a text file. All you need to do is that after copying the link, open IDM. Now click on “Add URL“, your link will be ready there. You also have the option to specify login credentials if required to download the files.
This option allows you to just copy any link in windows and automatically let IDM download the same. Well, doing so is convenient as it saves time.How to do?Go to Options >> General.
Now check the option “Automatically start downloading of URLs Placed in Clipboard“.
When IDM is installed, it overtakes all downloads from the browsers. This might be a problem when you are trying to download from a site that does not allow download managers.
You can sort and arrange downloaded files in any order and by any criteria you are convenient with. Sorting can be applied from menu option View >> Arrange Files. Another way to do this is just clicking the Heading tabs in Download list.
Searching Downloaded Files
If you have a lot of downloaded files searching them might be an issue at a later stage. IDM provides a simple solution to find your files. With IDM on the main screen, press CTRL+F. This brings up the console for search.
With Windows 8 and Windows 10, we have new definition for UI looks in terms of icons. IDM probably is not the best software if you are looking for modern interface. In this case looks are always shadowed by the features, definitely that is what we want, still it is always better to try something new visually. Are you also bored with the interface? Below is the solution just for you.
Mentioned above are the features that generally help everyone. There are even lot more functionality that can be tweaked specific to one’s usage habits. Found a tweak of your own? Do share it with us. Also, remember to check out the best Internet Download Manager offer at Dealarious Store, if you haven’t already.