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Control Flash Content in Internet Explorer

John asks:

I use IE9 as my browser, is Flashblock available for Internet Explorer?

Thanks for the question, John. The article, Flashblock [1], described an add-on for Firefox and Chrome that blocks—or allows–Flash content on websites, and John was one of several readers who wrote to ask whether this add-on is available for Internet Explorer. It is not, but both IE8 and IE9 offer built-in Flash control.

Flash enhances websites by offering video and interactive capabilities, but it can also slow browsing by increasing webpage load times, so knowing how to control it can boost browsing speed (and help avoid Flash dependent advertising).

To control Flash in IE9, open Tools by clicking the gear icon in the upper right (or by using the keyboard shortcut Alt+X) and select Manage add-ons.


In the Manage Add-ons dialog box, click Toolbars and Extensions on the left and scroll down the right side to Shockwave Flash Object (if that selection isn’t visible, click All add-ons in the drop-down menu at the left).

Double-click Shockwave Flash Object to open the More Information dialog box.


In More Information, click Remove all sites and close both dialog boxes (there are no OK or Enter buttons).


The next website that offers Flash content will prompt the message below. If you click Allow, that site will be added to the list of approved sites. Selecting Allow for all websites will reset to Allow on all sites (shown above).


The same process works in IE8, but the Tools menu is accessed as shown below, or by using the keyboard shortcut Alt+T.


Once the settings have been changed, the next website with Flash content will prompt a permission request, but rather than appear at the bottom of the screen, as it does in IE9, it will be found just below the tabs.


It feels good to have a little control.