When “always open with system viewer” is selected for given filetype (PDF) Brave no longer asks where to save the file

Description of the issue
Brave stops asking where to save downloaded files if the filetype is set to “Always open with system viewer”.

This is a re-report of the following issue which was automatically closed with no response: PDF's automatically save to default download folder

Steps to Reproduce

  1. Settings > Additional Settings > Downloads > Enable “Ask where to save each file before downloading”.
  2. Download a PDF. You’ll see the dialog asking where to save the file.
  3. Open the recent downloads dropdown, next to the hamburger menu.
  4. Right click the PDF you downloaded and select “Always open with system viewer”.
  5. Download a new pdf.

Actual Result
You will NOT see the dialog asking where to save the file. The file will automatically be saved to the default download location (e.g. “C:\Users\username\Downloads”).

Expected Result
Defining whether Brave is the default viewer for PDFs, or whether the system viewer is the default should have no effect on whether or not you are asked where to save downloaded files. If the “Ask where to save files” setting is enabled, then the dialog asking where to save files should appear regardless of the default viewer setting.

Reproduces how often

Brave Version
Version 1.60.114 Chromium: 119.0.6045.124 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Reproducible on current live release

Additional information
Currently it seems that setting the default viewer as the system viewer actually tells Brave to automatically open downloaded files of the given type. There should 3 different settings, which all work independently of one another, without affecting the functionality of the other settings:

  • Whether to ask where downloaded files should be saved or save to a default location without asking
  • Whether to open given filetypes in Brave or in the system’s default viewer
  • Whether to automatically open given filetypes upon download. This seems like a potential security hazard, and should be disabled by default.

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