Downloading from 4-Shared


I have removed my files from this sharing site due to inappropriate advertisements and viruses being spread to user computers.


Hi everyone, I wanted to take a quick moment to talk about downloading my Printable Materials. I’ve had several questions and some issues from you all saying that you can’t get the files downloaded and that’s no good!

First, I want to mention that you do NOT have to sign up for a paid account with 4share in order to receive my printables! Of course they’ll advertise for that and try to get you to sign up, but don’t be fooled in to that!

Download instructions:

When you click on one of my download links it will bring you to the  site. Then you click the BIG BLUE button that says “Download Now”.

You have to wait for the little countdown clock to get to zero and where the clock is it will turn into another link that says “Download file now”.

Once the countdown clock is finished, the area that says “Your download link will appear after wait” will turn into a link that says “Download File Now”. Click on that link.

You should get a gray pop-up window that asks if you want to “SAVE” or “Open”. Make sure to select “SAVE” that way the file get’s saved to your computer’s hard drive. Some computers will ask you where you want to save it to , I use windows, so mine automatically saves it in a folder called downloads under my username, so like below:

C:/documents and settings/users/Erica/documents/downloads

Then you can open up your user downloads folder, click on whatever printable you downloaded to open it, then select “File” and “Print”. After that your printer options should open and you should be able to print.


4shared Error:

I’ve had some people say they cannot get to the download page when clicking on one of my printables. If you are using Internet Explorer, you may be experiencing this issue. Clearing out your temporary internet files seems to resolve the issue. Here’s a tutorial on how to do that, click on the link below:

Microsoft Temporary Internet Files Support

Firefox: Another possible solution to this is to use Firefox as your browser. In my experience, they have less issues than Internet Explorer, and I’ve gotten less viruses using this as well.

Click here to download Firefox



If your printer is not  printing correctly, make sure to check when you select the print option. See, in the image below, how in my  print window, the image appears to go off the printable area? or “Portrait” depending on the layout of the page you are printing.

Some printers overwrite the PDF information, so you may need to go into your printer properties or settings and select “Landscape”

If you’ve tried all of these options and you still can’t get them to work, please email me:

erica {at} confessionsofahomeschooler dot com

If I can I’ll email the file, some are too big, so getting 4shared to work is the best option.

Thanks everyone, and I hope this helps you out!



  • Melissa March 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you for the instructions, I was a little confused with this and just never took the time to attempt to figure it out yet! Thanks again.

  • Jamie March 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I get an error message every time I try to download through Firefox, so I just open your page through Explorer and download with no problems.

  • Lynda March 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I also get an error using Firefox. It never even gets to the 4Shared page. Thanks, Jamie, for the suggestion to use Explorer. That works fine.

  • Confessions Of A Homeschooler March 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks Jamie, I don't get what's going on with 4shared, but the prospect of moving everything doesn't sound fun either LOL!Glad you got it worked out!

  • Sandra Modersohn March 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Just an FYI. Some add ons and tool bars that you might download for Firefox can make downloading a little strange. If you are having trouble, try opening Firefox in safe mode by closing it completely, going to the Start menu, and selecting Safe Mode from the Mozilla folder in your program menu. Once it's in safe mode (all add ons and extensions turned off) you should be able to download with no problem. Then it's a matter of going through your add ons and seeing which one is causing the trouble. I hope that helps someone and Erica, Thanks so much for everything! 🙂

  • Confessions Of A Homeschooler March 3, 2011 at 11:25 am

    SANDRA: Thanks! Hope it helps someone too!

  • Karen August 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Just a small update for 2012 – it looks like now you have to have an account in order to download any files. You can get a free account but bypassing setting one up isn’t an option, as far as I can see.

  • Alysia July 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    If I purchase your downloadables, do I have to use the 4shared website still? I cannot get anything to download from there (using explorer) and it has a ton of naked people at the bottom of the page. :/ I’m trying to avoid those ads (little eyes already saw it) and download some stuff. Thanks for your help!

    • erica July 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Alysia,
      No, if you purchase any of my curriculum it is downloaded from my store where there are no ads or wait times.

  • Stephanie McIntyre August 21, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Hi Erica,

    Your website is wonderfully colorful and fun. Our family has been downloading your free printables and this year our baby is starting Kindergarten(Levi is a 6 year old autistic boy) He loves to draw ease, color and lots of other fun things you have beautifully given us. Thank you for all your inspirations and love.

    just was wondering, did you have an advertising of a lady on your website that people could download and adapt to their schooling based on hers. If so, could you please send us a link. We were planning to use it for our son’s program this year along with many, many printables he has enjoyed and has given him freedom to explore and excell against odds. T hank you once again and God Bless you all

    • erica August 24, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Stephanie,
      I’m not sure what you’re referring to. I don’t recall having an ad for anything like that. My curriculum all come with printable lesson plans though, so maybe you were thinking of that?

  • Katrin October 6, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Hi Erica,
    I purchased the K4/K5 curriculum this morning. I saved it and it downloaded directly into my “downloads” folder. I then opened the folder and clicked on the curriculum folder which opened a lot of files, I next clicked on one of the files put it would not open. I then downloaded it again with the same result. What could be the problem? would I be able to get a refund if I am not able to access the files?

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