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How to Enable Click To Play Plugins in Google Chrome


Have you ever opened a webpage only to have all sorts of multimedia on the page just start playing? Chrome has a hidden setting that was designed to prevent situations just like that. Read on to find out how to enable it.

Enabling Click To Play Plugins in Chrome

Click on the settings wrench and select the settings menu item.


Then you will need to click on the advanced settings link.


Scroll down until you can see the privacy section, then click on the Content settings button.


A new Window will pop-up, scroll down until you see the Plug-ins section. Then change the plug-ins option from Run all plugin content to “Let me choose when to run plugin content”.



Make sure you check the Manage Exceptions button in the screenshot above, because that will override the setting.

For Chrome, you’ll also need to head into about:plugins (literally type that into the address bar and hit Enter) and make sure that “Always allowed to run” isn’t enabled, which appears to override the click-to-play setting.


Of course you should probably just click the Disable button to make sure Flash is dead.

Now navigate to any website that requires a plugin, like YouTube, and you will have to click on the content to activate the plug-in.


That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 10/15/12

Comments (6)

  1. aoikaze

    This is really nice… Not only pages load faster, but it also makes it kinda safer to browse new websites.


  2. Roderick Wells

    Wow, Thanks alot howtogeek. This is a very useful article!

  3. dragonbite

    The one site this kills and doesn’t allow you to run is Pandora.

    Thankfully there is a “Manage exceptions” button. I added “” to the list and set it to “Allow” and now the site comes up even though I have it set to “Click to play”

    So if a site doesn’t work properly after setting Click to play up, try adding it to the exceptions and see if that fixes things.

  4. danny3xd

    Very cool! Works like a charm.

    Thanks HTG.

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  6. Al Geary

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