If you’re using Windows 10 and Microsoft’s new Edge browser, you may be wondering how to turn off Adobe Flash? By default, Microsoft Edge has built-in support for Adobe Flash, so it’s basically turned on all the time.
If you use Flash while browsing the Internet, you don’t have to worry about anything. However, if you are like me and want to disable Flash due to the many security vulnerabilities that constantly appear, there is an easy way to do this in Edge.
Disable Flash on Microsoft Edge
The first thing you want to do is click More actions icon at the top right of the browser window. The icon has three small dots and is similar to the Google Chrome Options button which has three horizontal lines.
At the bottom of the dialog box, click Configuration. This will display a small pane on the right side of the browser window. There is no longer a dialog box. This design element appears to come directly from the Windows 8 spell bar that used to appear on the right side of the screen as you moved your mouse over the edges.
In the latest version of Edge, you need to click the new Advanced button that appears on the left edge of the board.
In previous versions of Edge, scroll down and click See advanced settings at the bottom of the board.
This will load all the parameters in the same panel. Towards the top, you should see an option called Use Adobe Flash Player and should be set to where.
Click the toggle button and set the option to Off. You have now disabled Adobe Flash on Microsoft Edge. Now, if you visit a website that requires Flash, you will receive a message telling you that Flash is not installed.
Troubleshooting Adobe Flash on Microsoft Edge
Because Microsoft Edge is still in development, you may have some issues that prevent a website from playing Flash content.
Even after making sure Adobe Flash was enabled on my Windows 10 computer, I came across several sites that simply wouldn’t upload Flash videos to Edge. I guess it’s just a compatibility issue that will probably be fixed in a few months. I also upgraded my Windows 7 machine to Windows 10, so that could also be the problem.
In the meantime, you can reopen the web page in Internet Explorer 11. To do so, visit the website and click the More Actions icon again. This time click Open in Internet Explorer.
If you really just want Flash to work without having to use IE, you can try restoring Windows 10 or doing a full installation of Windows 10 from bootable media. The Reset option doesn’t take long, so it’s a good first option.
When you perform a reset, you want to make sure that you choose the option to delete everything and reinstall Windows. Obviously, it’s ridiculous that you have to reinstall Windows to get Flash to work in a browser, but that’s how things usually work with Microsoft.
If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment. Enjoy!