Firefox Tip: Enable “Click to Play” for Flash and Plugins

If you don’t want browser plugins to run automatically, but prefer to “click to play” things like Flash movies, you can enable that feature in Firefox. Here are the steps:

  1. Type about:config in the URL address bar.
  2. Search for click_to_play until you find the settings for plugins:click_to_play.
  3. Double-click the “false” value to change it to “true”.
Firefox: click to play
Enabling click to play

You will then have all Flash videos replaced with something like this:

Activate Adobe Flash
Click to activate Adobe Flash

And new options for plugins on a page-by-page basis:

Firefox: activate plugins
Firefox: activate plugins

If you ever want to reverse it, find the setting again and change it back to “false”.

Read more here.

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3 thoughts on “Firefox Tip: Enable “Click to Play” for Flash and Plugins”

  1. It’s worth noting that you (may) need to change each individual plugin in the plugins settings page to ‘ask to activate’ rather than ‘always activate’ after you’ve turned this on, at least for Firefox 24.

  2. I’m not sure what is going on, but the click_to_play setting no longer works, even if I use the “ask to activate” setting. Maybe a Firefox extension is overriding it.

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