I remember back when Chrome wasn’t out yet for OS X and I was still on Safari, you know, the dark ages–as I like to call them. One of the things I missed the most about Safari when Chrome was released was a nifty little plugin called Click to Flash. The plugin name pretty much explains itself, but incase you didn’t get it when a website has a flash element rather than loading it right away it bring up a nice box you have to click to run the element, like so:
It was pretty handy, really. Especially on my old plastic Macbook, which liked to pretend it was a spaceship prepping for launch whenever even the smallest flash element popped up online.
I recently figured out that this functionality can be natively enabled in Google Chrome, without the need for pesky extensions or plugins (am I the only one who attempts to stay as stock as possible?) and here is how it’s done!
Fire up your Google Chrome Settings (CMD + ,) and locate Under the Hood.
Next under the Privacy section select Content Settings..
Then finally scroll your way down to Plugins and select the radio button that says Click to Play.
Then feel free to close out of the window and go on your marry browsing way!
Now the next time you visit a site with a flash, java, or any other element you’ll need to “Click to Play”. Easy as Pie!
Flash might not be such an issue anymore, but it’s nice to block either way. This is usually something people do either for resource reasons, or security reasons. If it’s security you are after this is an even better solution than click to flash as it blocks Java as well–something Mac OS X has had a problem with recently.
Now for some reason security, maybe one day we can get a little NoScript love on Chrome….maybe…
…a man can dream…