Enable Adobe Flash Player in IE, Chrome, Firefox, Opera

Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash and all versions of Java together, are responsible for around 66 percent of the vulnerabilities in Windows systems. Yet, many prefer to use it, for the functions it performs. In this post, we will see how to disable or enable Adobe Flash Player in Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera browsers on Windows 10/8/7.

Enable Adobe Flash Player

First of all, ensure that you have indeed downloaded Adobe Flash and installed it properly on your Windows computer and updated it to its latest version. If you are using Internet Explorer on Windows 8/10, then Flash has been integrated, and its updates are offered automatically by Windows Update. Others should ensure that their Flash Player is always up-to-date, as Adobe frequently needs to release updates to patches vulnerabilities in it. Make sure that you have configured Adobe Flash Settings, just the way you want them to be.

Enable Shockwave Flash Object in Internet Explorer

To check if your Flash Player is enabled by Internet Explorer, from the top right corner open Settings > Manage Addons > Toolbars and Extensions.

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Here, ensure that Shockwave Flash Object is Enabled. Flash Player is also referred to as the Shockwave Flash Object.

Enable Flash Player in Chrome

Open your Google Chrome browser, type chrome://plugins in the address bar and press Enter.

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Scroll down to Plugins. Here you can select Disable, Enable Adobe Flash Player and also check the Always allowed checkbox if you wish.

UPDATE: The chrome://plugins page was removed in Chrome 57. Now you have to use chrome://settings/content to control when Adobe Flash content is loaded. To check the Adobe Flash Player version installed type chrome://components.

Enable Shockwave Flash in Firefox

From your Mozilla Firefox menu, select Addons.

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Under Plugins, select Shockwave Flash. From the drop-down menu, select Ask to activate, Always activate or Never activate, as you desire.

Disable Adobe Flash in Opera

Open Opera Menu. First, click on More Tools > Enable Developers Tools.

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Now open the Menu again. You will see Developers Tools enabled. Click on Developers Tools > Plug-ins.

In later versions of the browser like Opera 45, in the left sidebar, you will see the cube-shaped Extensions link. Click on it to open the Extensions page. Here you can see all the Extensions and the button to enable Developer Mode.

Here you can enable or disable the Adobe Flash Player, as you feel. This post will show you how to disable or uninstall Flash & Shockwave Player in Chrome, IE, Edge & Firefox.

Hope this post has helped.

Check this post if your Flash Player is not working in Internet Explorer. See how you can activate Click to Play on all the major web browsers.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.