Better Browsing: Block Flash and Other Plug-Ins Natively in Chrome
A few weeks ago, I wrote about FlashBlock, a great plug-in for Chrome that blocks all Flash content and allows you to choose what you want to see. However, I recently discovered a native Chrome feature that allows you to block all content that requires plug-ins to see. That way, you get the smoothest and cleanest browsing experience possible, seeing only what you want to see, whether that be Flash, PDF, or Silverlight.
To get this set up, here’s what you’ll need to do:
1. Enter “chrome://flags” into the Omnibar.
2. That will take you to a screen where you can enable Chrome’s experimental features. While you can mess around with whatever you like, we’re here for the Click to play feature, so enable it and restart Chrome.
3. Go to Preferences, then Under the Hood, and click on Content Settings under the Privacy tab.
4. Scroll down about halfway, and you should see a tab for plug-ins that wasn’t there before.
5. Choose the option for “Click to play,” and then add any exceptions you want.
Voila! Now Chrome will automatically block any and all content for you that require plug-ins. Now whenever you see content that needs a plug-in, you should see a little puzzle piece that says, “Click to run the Plug-in.”
In addition, if you come across a site where you want to always enable flash content and don’t want to dig through all the menus to add an exception, you can click on the little puzzle piece with the x on the right side of the Omnibar. From there, you can quickly add an exception without even leaving your page. I hope you all enjoy this more customized browsing experience as much as I have!
What other useful experimental features have you used? Let us know in the comments!