Playing Video and Flash in Chrome
Nowadays most of the sites are using video and flash content to convey the messages quickly to users. When a video is embedded in a site using separate player then the controls are defined within the player but other videos like YouTube videos or AdSense Flash ads are played in the browser directly using plugins like Adobe Flash Player. These browser videos by default will start playing when the webpage is loaded in a Chrome browser. Though helpful it is necessary to control the auto play of videos especially when you accidentally open a not safe to work kind of site in a public environment.
This article explains how to control the auto play of the browser loaded videos in Google Chrome.
Controlling Videos and Flash
- Go to the URL “chrome://settings/content” in your Chrome browser
- Navigate to the “Plugin” section as shown in the below picture
You can also access the content settings page through the following menu “Settings button > Settings > Show advanced settings > Privacy > Content settings”.
Chrome offers the following three options to control videos and flash content by controlling the plugins:
- Run automatically (recommended) – This is the default and recommended option by Chrome which will start buffering and playing the video automatically when the page is loaded. This is the reason all your pages will start loading videos automatically.
- Click to play – choose this option so that the videos in the loaded page will be shown with the play icon and you need to click on the icon to start playing the video.
- Block all – Block all videos in the loaded page by blocking Adobe Flash Player which is the default video player for Chrome browser.
You may be willing to open some of the secured sites without blocking by Chrome which can be easily managed using exceptions. Click on the “Manage exceptions…” button to allow or block the plugins from particular sites. You can use the exceptions in the following manners:
- Enter IP address of a site in the Hostname pattern text box
- Use *. to make an exception of all domains of that site. For example *.webnots.com will exempt blog.webnots.com
- Enter a non-http URL like webnots.com
You have three options to use a site as an exemption like allow, ask or block and the exceptions can be removed any time later.
Blocking Individual Plugins
You can also block an individual plugin like Adobe Flash Player to stop playing videos and flash content by clicking on “Disable individual plugins” link.