How-To Geek

Toggle Flash On or Off in Internet Explorer the Easy Way

Note: This article is part of our archive and is likely out of date.
(Links may not work, downloads have not been recently tested for safety)

If you often browse Flash-heavy websites using Internet Explorer and would like to be able to turn Flash off and only enable it when you really want to, there’s an easy way to accomplish this with a small application appropriately called Toggle Flash.

Using Toggle Flash

If you don’t see the new button on the toolbar after you run through the installation, you’ll want to right-click on the buttons and uncheck the “Lock the Toolbars” item.


Then you can drag the dotted line over so you can see more of the buttons, and you’ll see the new Toggle Flash icon on the right-hand side of the toolbar.


Of course it’s much easier to just look under Customize on the same menu and choose Customize Toolbar, then move the button up in the list so it’s further over to the left.


Now all you have to do is click the Toggle Flash icon and then reload the page.


The first time you use the icon, you’ll be prompted because the application isn’t digitally signed, but you can make the error go away by clicking “Do not show me the warning for this program again”, and then clicking Allow.


When you’ve turned off Flash, you’ll still be able to browse any page with flash on it, but the flash content simply won’t show up.


This can be a very useful tool, especially on an older computer or over low bandwidth connections.



Download Toggle Flash from

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/20/08

Comments (8)

  1. venkat

    Toggle Flash seems to be very useful rather than disabling flash completely we are just taggling flash to make appear on some sites not to appear on other sites,very useful slow net connection users.toogle flash can work for’s very strange firefox not hav such add-on.

  2. Terraromaster

    I was wondering, is there a quick way to open a flash in a separate tab without going into Page source and looking for .sfw? Like a plugin for firefox? I wasn’t able to find anything like that.

  3. Deedee

    Firefox has the same thing and it works great. It’s called Flashblock and I’ve been using it for some time and never had any problems. Here is the link for Flashblock:

  4. venkat

    Thanks Deebee ,I forgot about Flashblock it’s sure that Firefox have facility which does lacks a feature or too copmared to with other browser there willbe always add-on available to Firefox ,that’s greatness of Firefox .

  5. rabuksak

    NoScript ( for firefox also blocks flash if you wish it to, along with many other helpful features.

  6. Spacegold

    Another good one, Geek. At last the dancing Volksvagens are gone. Thanks.

  7. bill harris

    This simply turns off the FLASH kill bit.

    Same thing can be done in 100 bytes instead of 100k.

  8. Bink

    No frills and easy to use! Thanks!

More Articles You Might Like

Enter Your Email Here to Get Access for Free:

Go check your email!