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10 Features you definitely weren’t Using in Internet Download Manager

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.

1. Unattended Downloading / Scheduling in IDM

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

schedule downloads

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. 

Usability
  • Helpful if you want to download after Working Hours so that it doesn’t affect browsing speed.
  • Can take benefit of Happy Hours or Free Download time (if any) by ISP.
  • Less Priority files can be scheduled for later downloading.
2. Make 100% Utilization of Bandwidth

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.

Manage Connections in IDM

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.

3. Virus Scan after Download

IDM Virus check of downloads

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.

 

 

 

4. Configuring IDM to use Dial Up Connection

IDM Configure

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.

 

 

Benefits
      • Downloads will not be interrupted if your internet is dropped for some reason. IDM will auto reconnect the connection and resume interrupted downloads. Hence the process is totally unattended.
      • Configuring IDM to use a VPN connection allows it to download files from locations which are blocked by your ISP.
      • It has a major role in Scheduling downloads, we will discuss this part later on.
5. Change IDM’s Temporary Folder

Temporary storage IDM

 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.

6. Limiting Download Speed

limit download speed in IDM

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.

7. Download from Premium Websites

IDM file server logins

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.

 

8. Get Copied links in Windows in IDM Download List

copy download links to IDM

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.

9. Automatically Download Copied Links in Windows

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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“.

10. Prevent Downloading Files from Certain Websites

 

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.

How to Stop IDM from intercepting these downloads

a) Use key combination while clicking on download link. By default you can hold ALT key and click on the link to let your browser download the file. If the key is taken by any other application, you can also make combinations like ALT+SHIFT. You can make all these changes in Options-> General. Search for the option Customize Keys to prevent or force downloading with IDM.

b) Adding Known Sites to Black List is another option you can go for. This case is only handy when such sites are already known to you. Go to Options >> File Types. Now add known sites to the exception list.

11. Organizing & Managing Downloads

organize download files in IDM

Sorting Downloaded Files

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.

12. Changing Look & Feel of IDM

idm-icon-packs

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.

How to change IDM Menu Icons
To get access to new icon packs, go to View-> Toolbar-> Look for new Toolbars. This option will redirect you to their webpage consisting of all the available icon packs. Follow the instructions below to apply the one you like.

      1. Download the icon pack zip file.
      2. Navigate to IDM installation location. By default it is C:\Program Files\Internet Download Manager, if you are using 64 Bit Windows it should be C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Download Manager.
      3. Once you are in the location above, search for Toolbar Folder. Now you have to extract the contents of the downloaded icon pack zip file here.
      4. Restart IDM.
      5. Open IDM again and navigate to View-> Toolbar-> Look for new Toolbars again. This time you will see the new Icon Pack name in list. Just select it and the change takes place immediately.

Bottomline

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.

About the author

Rohit Langde

Rohit Langde is Founder and Editor-in-chief of Dealarious. Tech Blogger by Passion & Profession | Mechanical Engineer by Qualification | Introverted Geek by Choice

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