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How do I enable Click to Play in Mozilla Firefox?

Firefox versions 8 and above support Click to Play (also known as Click to Activate) functionality for browser plugins. 

By enabling Click to Play, web content that requires plugins such as Java, Flash, Silverlight, Adobe Reader, QuickTime, and more will be disabled by default. Users must manually Click to Play plugin content on any given web page in order for the content to load. This provides a useful security control, so that malicious content is not automatically executed by the browser.

Students and staff are advised to enable Click to Play in Firefox by following the instructions below:

  1. Open FireFox.
  2. Type about:config into the address bar and hit Enter.
  3. If you receive a warning about modifying settings, click the I'll be careful, I promise button to proceed.
  4. In the search bar that appears at the top of the page, enter plugins.click_to_play. The configuration setting should appear on a single line.
  5. Right-click the configuration setting and select Toggle. The value column should change from false to true.
  6. Restart Firefox. Click to Play is now enabled.

FireFox Click to Play setting

More information about Click to Play in Firefox can be found at:

Note: Chrome also supports Click to Play. See How do I enable Click to Play in Google Chrome? for instructions.

How do I enable Click to Play in Google Chrome?

Chrome versions 8.0.552 and above support Click to Play functionality for browser plugins.

By enabling Click to Play, web content that requires plugins such as Java, Flash, Silverlight, Adobe Reader, QuickTime, and more will be disabled by default. Users must manually Click to Play plugin content on any given web page in order for the content to load. This provides a useful security control, so that malicious content is not automatically executed by the browser.

All campus users are advised to enable Click to Play in Chrome using the following instructions:

  1. Open Chrome Preferences/Settings
  2. Scroll to the bottom and click Show Advanced Settings (Note: this link will say Hide Advanced Settings if you have previously revealed them)
  3. Privacy section
  4. Content Settings
  5. Plugins section
  6. Select Let me choose when to run plugin content option in the Plugins section 
  7. Lastly, click the Manage individual plugins link and make sure the Always allowed to run option for each plugin is unchecked. Click to Play functionality will not work for any plugins with Always allowed to run selected.

Chrome Click to Play setting

An explanation of the different options can be found at  http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=142064  (see Run or Block Plugins section)

Note: Firefox also supports Click to Play. See How do I enable Click to Play in Mozilla Firefox? for instructions.