How to Stop Those Annoying Auto-play Videos on Websites

Howdy, and Happy Holidays to you – a little late! Our CHRISTmas and New Year were a blur with all the kids home and a quick trip to the Green Bay game on the 28th – one of our long-term bucket list items! Has been an amazing couple of weeks, but we’re ready to slow it down a notch now.

Anyway, I don’t know about you, but one of my pet peeves online is visiting a website to read an article and hearing audio after a few seconds. Sure enough, somewhere on the site, there’s a video playing – that I did NOT ask for. Ugh!

I just learned how to stop that, at least in Chrome, the browser I use most. Turns out, it’s a change to a simple Flash setting.

In Chrome, you click the menu icon on the upper-right corner and select Settings. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Show advanced settings link.

Scroll down further until you find the Privacy section. Click the Content settings button.

In the resulting Content Settings dialog box, scroll down to the Plug-ins section. Select Click to play, then click the Done button in the lower-right corner.

From then on, a Flash window will appear as a gray box with a jigsaw piece icon in the center. If you want to watch the video, click in that box. It’ll look like this:

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Wish I’d researched how to do this long ago! It’s one of those little annoyances that’s just nice to turn off.

That’s it for now! God bless you and yours in the year 2015 AD!

(PS – If you’ve never been to Green Bay – GO! It’s an amazing experience!)

Dave Harnish

“All things new…” Rev 21:5

About Dave Harnish

I've been an appliance repair tech since 1972, with interests in most everything, including Bible study (I'm one of those KJV-only geezers), old Sunbeam Mixmasters, Maytag wringer washers, the outdoors, birds, hunting, metalworking, firewood cutting, and most anything going on outside on our mountain here in N. PA's 'Endless Mountains'.
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1 Response to How to Stop Those Annoying Auto-play Videos on Websites

  1. SheSaid says:

    Thank you for posting this. I had not a clue that we had any control over this issue. I have actually written several blogs about how I would never come back to their site because I could never watch their content due to the interrupting ad videos. Oops .. my bad . Well thanks to you now I know, ” I have the power “… so intoxicating 🙂

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