Managing Flash Player in Microsoft Edge

At least until Adobe Flash Player follows the dodo into oblivion

Going, going, I thought you were dead. I had an appalling visit to Amazon.com today. A lot of appealing bargains presented themselves. Finding unneeded stuff to buy was not the issue. What shook me was the presence of an ugly gray box that would have otherwise been Adobe Flash Player content. It is more and more rare to encounter embedded elements that require Flash Player now that Adobe yanked themselves out of the game. Most major sites have replaced Flash components with HTML5. Major browsers block Flash if it is not an integral part of a page. I’m glad Microsoft Edge blocked the content to protect me from such evil. But I still wanted to see the blocked content that Amazon couldn’t somehow present with HTML5. Curiosity kills the hard drive.

Flash led the way on the web for rich content, gaming, animations, and media of all kinds, and inspired many of the current web standards powering HTML5. — Microsoft Edge Team

The Microsoft Edge web browser blocks Flash Player content by default. Flash became click-to-run in Edge upon release of the Windows 10 Creators Update in April 2017. If you use Edge on one of 330 million active Windows 10 devices each month, it may be helpful to know how to manage Flash Player in Microsoft Edge. This tutorial explains how to enable and disable Flash in Edge, and the meaning of Flash notifications you may encounter. Since Edge integrates Flash Player, you won’t ever need to install or update it. Flash updates when the web browser itself updates.

Enable and disable Adobe Flash Player

To get started, open the Settings and more menu. Look for the three dots at the right end of the menu bar. Click Settings.

Scroll all the way down the Settings menu until you see the Advanced settings section. Click the View advanced settings button.

In Advanced settings, scroll down to Use Adobe Flash Player. To disable Flash, click the toggle to turn Adobe Flash Player to the Off position.

If you ever need to turn Flash Player back on, make sure to reload the web page, or open the link in a new tab, to view the Flash content.

Notifications and puzzle pieces

If the glaring gray box wasn’t sufficient enough for you, Edge displays a matching puzzle piece icon in the address bar when it has blocked Adobe Flash content.

Edge also displays a written notification that it has blocked Adobe Flash content. The notification offers two choices about how you want Edge to handle such content on the visited site. Click the Allow once button to load the Flash content this time only. Click the Always allow button to add the site to a whitelist. When whitelisted, a site loads the Flash content any time you visit the site without displaying the notifications.

If the notification vanishes before you have made a selection, click the puzzle piece icon in the gray box or in the address bar to relaunch it.

Remove sites from the Adobe Flash whitelist

The time may come when you want to disallow Flash on the sites you have whitelisted. To do so, open the Settings and more menu and click Settings. Under Clear browsing data, click the Choose what to clear button. Click Show more to expand it, then check the Adobe Flash permissions box. Check or uncheck the other boxes under Clear browsing data according to your preferences. Before you click the Clear button, note that it clears the entire list of sites you have whitelisted.

Once cleared, the puzzle piece icon returns to the address bar for sites where Edge blocked Adobe Flash content.

Put this in your tickler file. Microsoft support for Adobe Flash Player ends in 2020. That is three full years for you to stock up on tissues or champagne.


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