Enable “Click to Play” for Plug-ins & Flash in Google’s Chrome Web Browser

Jun 3, 2011 - 6 Comments

Click to Play Flash in Chrome

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
  • Click to Play plugins like Flash in Google Chrome browser

  • 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.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Tips & Tricks


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  3. Daniel Serodio says:

    I can’t find this option in Chrome 18.0.1025.163

  4. Hiroshi says:

    It seems that latest Chrome browser shows ‘Click to play’ option by default.
    Try Settings – Under the Hood – Content settings…

  5. […] – you won’t experience that with Chrome. Chrome is fast, memory efficient, has simple Click-To-Plugin support, includes a built-in sandboxed Flash plugin (meaning if Flash crashes, your browser […]

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