Adobe Flash 10.2.* and lower are now Click-to-Play

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As part of a larger effort to put users in control of their plugins, we have enabled Click-to-Play on old versions of the Adobe Flash Player plugin. For versions 10.2.* and lower, whenever you load a page that uses the plugin, you will see something similar as the image below:

As its name indicates, all you need to do is click on the dark plugin box in order to enable the plugin and continue using it normally. Additionally, there’s an icon that appears to the left of the location bar that allows you to enable hidden plugins, also depicted in the image above.

If you are using an affected version of the Flash Player plugin, we strongly recommend that you update it to the latest version as soon as possible.  Flash Player updates are available at adobe.com.

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Categories: end users, general

16 responses

  1. Ken Saunders

    I love it. It’s a great move.

  2. Anthony Lieuallen

    http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
    “NOTE: Adobe Flash Player 11.2 will be the last version to target Linux as a supported platform.
    Adobe will continue to provide security backports to Flash Player 11.2 for Linux.”

    I can’t upgrade. How do I get the original (just get a box, where I click it, to play) behavior, and not the popup at practically every other page I ever navigate to?

    1. Jorge Villalobos Author

      What popup? There are no active Flash Player blocks that apply to Linux.

    2. Konrad Borowski

      It’s about Flash Player 10.2.*, not Flash Player 11.2.*.

  3. Jeremy Harris

    Is there a way to turn click-to-play off completely?

    Today I was trying to use a government mapping web site and every single time I went to pan or zoom the map the screen greyed out and the bloody “click to play” irritation came up. It made the site pretty much unusable; I musty have had to click the grey box a couple of hundred times over the course of an hour, massively increasing the time taken to do the job I was doing.

    If this can’t be turned off somehow, then I guess I’ll have to switch to another browser, which is a shame, as in all other respects Firefox has been great for years.

    1. Jorge Villalobos Author

      There should be a little red icon that appears to the left of the location bar when you visit a site with a click-to-play plugin. The drop down has an Activate button with a little dropdown button next to it. If you click on *that* dropdown, you’ll see the option to always enable plugins for that site. I think that should fix your problem.

      1. Jeremy Harris

        Thanks for that, I’ll look out for it next time I have to use that site.

        It might be an idea to try and find a clear way to let users know that they can turn this off, as I can foresee it creating a great deal of frustration otherwise (as it did for me yesterday!). Maybe adding the way to rut this “feature” permanently off to the grey box that pops up might make it clearer and save people a fair bit of hassle.

  4. Tom Roden

    I used to have click-to-play configured and I liked the behavior that I had to _click_ to _play_.

    In the latest version or so of Firefox, the drop down was added, so now I have to dismiss that box before I can do anything else. It appears that if I select “not now” from the button menu, the drop down goes away and everything acts as it used to, until I go to another page.

    I don’t like having this extra step when I visit pages with click-to-play content.

    How can I revert to the old behavior and avoid seeing the drop down?

    I don’t mind having a mini-icon somewhere so I could bring that box up when I wanted it, but I certainly don’t like being presented with it repeatedly. Thanks in advance!

  5. Tom Roden

    I see the issue is active at: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/948022

    You can pull my previous post if you would like, but you may want to reference that thread as it is a similarly new click-to-play behavior.

  6. Alan

    Ah yes ….. All the tricks microsuck and adopey come up with to ruin your Firefox experience. What a dirty world.

  7. John Phlips

    How do you enable java? It wont let me enable it… How do i fix this???!?!?!????

    1. Georg Fritzsche

      Please ask over here: http://support.mozilla.org

  8. goegan

    comment instale pour les jeux adobe flach playe

  9. BARDY

    Bonjour,

    J’aimerais d√©sinstaller WOT et INSTANTFOX !!!

    Comment dois-je faire ???.

    Merci d’avance.

    PS : Je ne parle ni ne comprend l’anglais.

    1. Jorge Villalobos Author

      Maybe this helps? https://support.mozilla.org/fr/home

  10. Elise

    I like click to play. is there an easy way to enable it? It makes it to where i can watch my shows without any creepy ads bothering me. You very well may have explained how to do it but this is all Chinese to me. Dumb it down a bit for me? I tried downloading firefox and doing the about:plugins thing. But I couldn’t enable it. I managed by luck to do it on my boyfriend’s computer but it’s a Windows 8 and I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s alooottt different on windows 7.