Tech Tip: Using Flash in Google Chrome

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Adobe is planning on ending support for Flash by 2020. While this has been a long-time coming, Adobe finally has made it official. Many web sites and browsers have begun shifting away from Flash for years now (Chrome disabled is by default quite a while ago). It’s being phased out because of a history of compatibility, performance, and security issues.

The problem? Many older online tools and web sites still use this Flash technology. If you need to use Flash and want to enable it on a case-by-case basis, here’s how to do it.

In your Chrome browser, type chrome://settings/content into the URL/search bar:

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Click on the “Flash” text.

Currently, HTML5 is preferred over Flash (which is a good thing). If you need to allow sites to use Flash, you can adjust the settings to do so (making sure to keep the “Ask First” box checked). We also recommend you add sites to the “Allow” list that are known good sites to save you having to go through the prompts in the future).

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If a web site you rely on continues to require Flash, we recommend you talk to them about moving to a more cross-platform, non-Flash solution. Flash support will likely disappear in browsers before the 2020 deadline, so you’ll want to make sure that you have a solution in place.

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