Sunday, July 15, 2012

How to stop plugins (like flash, Silverlight) from auto loading on a webpage in Chrome

Many people in this world use Google Chrome. Opera has a feature that is enabled by default to ask you to click to load a plugin on a page that has an embed requesting a plugin.

Google Chrome has a feature similar, but it is not enabled by default. Today I am going to show you how to enable this in Chrome.

There is numerous advantages to having this feature enabled. I have some examples below.
  • Pages load faster
  • Less data is transferred (initially if you choose to run the plugin)
  • It acts as a ad blocker if ads load using flash or other plugins (although I recommend you get AdBlock for Chrome, go here to see more info)
  • It puts less stress on your CPU (flash can be resource intensive if you have a lower end CPU, or if a page is requesting to load something big, such as a 1080p video)
  • It can also speed up the browser (I can agree to that, as a user of this feature)
Here is some instructions, in list form.
  1. Open up Google Chrome
  2. Navigate to a new tab
  3. Type in chrome://settings (or you can click the link)
  4. Scroll down and click "Show Advanced Settings"
  5. Under Privacy, click Content Settings.
  6. Scroll down to "Plug-ins"
  7. Check the radio button that says "Click To Play"
If you just want to get to the settings options, just click the link in step 5 :)

Here is a screenshot below. Also, make sure you are running the most recent version of Chrome, this feature has only shown up in recent Chrome versions. Of course, personal info on my browser has been blacked out, such as my personal email address. Click the image to see it full size.