How to Enable Click to Play in Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer

Click to Play is a new feature for browsers that lets users make plugins optional in webpages. In other words, you can enable plugins such as Flash, Java and PDF only when needed. Though this feature has several benefits like fast browsing, security wise it is a great feature, because Flash, Java and PDF are the most insecure plugins and they are the main roots for malware infection via browsers. Here is how to enable Click to Play feature in Chrome, Opera, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Chrome and Opera has already this feature built-in. Firefox (Firefox 15) has also this feature, but currently you have to enable it from Firefox’s Preferences settings. In the case of Internet Explorer (IE9) currently it has no such option, but you can disable at least flash plugins in IE.

Google Chrome: Go to settings menu (type chrome://settings in the address bar and hit enter), scroll down and click “Advanced settings”. Under “Privacy” option click “Content settings” tab, then under Plugins enable “Click to Play” and click OK to save the settings.



Opera: Go to Settings – Preferences (or use Ctrl + F12 keys). Click on the ‘Advanced’ tab and select ‘Content’ (in the left sidebar). Locate ‘Enable plug-ins only on demand’ and check the option. Click OK to save the settings.


Firefox: Type about:config in the address bar and hit enter. Search “Plugins.click to play” and double click it to make its Boolean value true.


Internet Explorer 9: Click settings icon (or use shortcut key Alt + X) and then click “Mange Add-ons”. Choose “Toolbars and Extensions” and right click on “Shockwave Flash Object”. Select “More information”, in the popup window click “Remove all sites”, and close the window.



 Now, it’ll block flash plugins loading on all sites. However, you can enable flash plugins on trusted sites, for example YouTube.


For that, just visit YouTube and try to play a video. It’ll ask you to enable flash, just click allow button. That’s all.

1 comment:

  1. I was wondering what is click to play exactly, I was using flashblock extension for chrome to block flash and other plugins from loading automatically.
    This helps.

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