Enable “Click to Play” for Plug-ins & Flash in Google’s Chrome Web Browser
Rather than disabling Flash completely in Chrome, why not enable a hidden “Click to Play” feature that prevents the plugin from automatically loading? This option does not require any additional plugin downloads, it’s built right into new versions of the Chrome browser:
Enabling “Click to Play” for Plug-ins & Flash in Google Chrome
- Open a new Chrome window and enter “about:flags” into the URL bar and hit return
- Scroll down until you see “Click to Play” and enable the feature
- Relaunch Chrome
- Enter Chrome Preferences either through the Chrome menu or by going to “chrome://settings” in the URL bar
- Click on “Under the Hood” and then click on “Content Settings”
- Alongside “Plug-ins” you will see a newly enabled “Click to Play” option, select that
From here on out you’ll see the click to play image on any embed that uses a plugin. In some ways this is not as simple as just installing FlashBlock, but if you’re opposed to adding extensions and don’t want the kill-all approach of an ad blocker, this works just fine and it’s baked right into the browser.
Oh and while you’re in about:flags menu, be sure to enable Tab Overview if you have a newer trackpad on your Mac, it’s basically Exposé for your Chrome tabs and windows and works wonders if you use tons of simultaneous browser sessions.