Hide Flash Animations in Google Chrome

Looking for an easy way to deal with those annoying flash elements in webpages while browsing with Chrome? Now you can with the BlockFlash2 User Script.

Prepare Chrome for User Scripts

To add user scripts to Chrome, you will need to do a little bit of prep work to get everything ready. Locate the shortcut(s) for Chrome and right click on them. Select “Properties”.

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Once you have clicked through, you will see the “Properties” window with the “Shortcut” tab displayed.

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In the address area for “Target:” you will need to add the following command to the end of the target path making certain to leave a single space in between the final quote mark and the enable user scripts command.

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Here is an example of what the the target path should look like…

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Once you have that finished, click “Apply”, then “OK”.

Place the User Script in the Appropriate Location

Now that you have all of your shortcuts ready, it is time to place your new user script in the User Scripts Folder. First, you will need to locate the Google folder in your AppData Directory.

Work through the following folder hierarchy: AppData –> Local –> Google –> Chrome –> User Data –> Default

If you do not have a folder named “User Scripts” in the Default Folder, then you will need to create one. Make certain to include the “s” at the end. All that you need to do after that is add your new user script to the folder.

Note: When you download the user script, it will have the following name: “45343.user.js”. We have replaced “45343” with “blockflash2” to make it easier to tell different user scripts apart as we add in additional scripts later.

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BlockFlash2 in Action

How does it look after setting up the user script? We decided to visit NBC’s Merlin website for our example. As you can see, two flash elements are displaying as hidden and are designated by the yellow text boxes. To access a hidden flash element click on “[Play Flash]”…

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And there is our hidden flash element displaying without any problems. To re-hide a flash element, simply click on “[Stop Flash]”.

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Conclusion

BlockFlash2 makes a nice addition to Google Chrome…access what you want and hide the rest!

Links

Download the BlockFlash2 User Script

Installed On: Windows Vista (32 bit), Service Pack 2

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .